Is cannabis the answer to Booze Britain's problems?

December 1, 2009,

Substituting cannabis in place of more harmful drugs may be a winning strategy in the fight against substance misuse. Research published in BioMed Central' open access Harm Reduction Journal features a poll of 350 cannabis users, finding that 40% used cannabis to control their alcohol cravings, 66% as a replacement for prescription drugs and 26% for other, more potent, illegal drugs.

Amanda Reiman, from the University of California, Berkeley, USA, carried out the study at Berkeley Patient's Group, a medical cannabis dispensary. She said, "Substituting cannabis for has been described as a radical alcohol treatment protocol. This approach could be used to address heavy alcohol use in the British Isles - people might substitute cannabis, a potentially safer drug than alcohol with less negative side-effects, if it were socially acceptable and available".

Reiman found that 65% of people reported using cannabis as a substitute because it has less adverse side effects than alcohol, illicit or , 34% because it has less withdrawal potential and 57.4% because cannabis provides better symptom management. She said, "This brings up two important points. First, self-determination, the right of an individual to decide which treatment or substance is most effective and least harmful for them. Secondly, the recognition that substitution might be a viable alternative to abstinence for those who can't or won't completely stop using psychoactive substances".

Speaking about legalization of cannabis, Reiman added, "The economic hardship of The helped bring about the end of alcohol prohibition. Now, as we are again faced with economic struggles, the US is looking to marijuana as a potential revenue generator. Public support is rising for the legalization of recreational use and remains high for the use of marijuana as a medicine. The hope is that this interest will translate into increased research support and the removal of current barriers to conducting such research, such as the Schedule I/Class B status of ".

More information: as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs, Amanda Reiman, Harm Reduction Journal (In Press), http://www.harmreductionjournal.com/

Source: BioMed Central (news : web)

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LariAnn
5 / 5 (2) Dec 01, 2009
Rather than being a "gateway" substance, cannabis may be the way to steer clear of more dangerous substances, according to this article. It's about time that marijuana be legalized; besides the revenue generation, think of the vast sums spent on marijuana law enforcement and jailing of people who did nothing more than grow and smoke an herb!

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