According to a recent article published by hightimes, Canada has just released an outstanding study which concluded that marijuana was not only effective in pain management, but it also helped overcome nasty addictions.
The study, which involved 271 participates who had enrolled in Canada’s MMJ Program is currently viewed to be one of the first major studies to make a connection between cannabis and substance addiction.
Participants of the research were asked to complete an online survey comprised of 107 questions on demographics, patterns of use and cannabis substitution effect.
16 percent of the patients stated that they consumed cannabis as an alternative to benzodiazepines for anxiety and insomnia, 12 percent preferred cannabis for their depression instead of using antidepressants. Patients also reported substituting cannabis for alcohol (25%), cigarettes/tobacco (12%), and illicit drugs (3%)
The major concern of the was that 42% reported accessing cannabis from illegal/unregulated sources, and over half (55%) were charged to receive a medical recommendation to use cannabis, with nearly 25% paying $300 or more.
It was also concluded that weed is not a “gateway drug” and it can help people get off dangerous and addictive drugs.
Over the years many cannabis related studies have been conducted but this release is a significant milestone, proving that marijuana can be used as an effective treatment for specific addictions and conditions.
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