Researchers over at the University of British Columbia found a new way to treat alcoholism and opioid addiction — and I bet you would’ve never guessed it: it’s marijuana.
According to Zach Walsh, a professor of psychology and the lead investigator, using marijuana as an exit drug can reduce the ability to rely on more dangerous substances, like opioids.
In the study, researchers also found that medical marijuana can have some mental health benefits but only to certain people.
Marijuana is said to be effective in alleviating symptoms of depression, social anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
However, that’s not to say it’s safe for everyone. Mental health professionals discourage the use of marijuana for patients suffering from psychosis and bipolar disorder.
“Extrapolation from reviews of non-therapeutic cannabis use suggests that the use of CTP may be problematic among individuals with psychotic disorders. The clinical implications of CTP use among individuals with mood disorders are unclear,” the study reads.
As part of a systematic effort to create one of the most comprehensive reports, Walsh and his team of researchers analyzed all studies on the effects of medical marijuana and mental health.
“In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis, it appears that patients and others who have advocated for cannabis as a tool for harm reduction and mental health have some valid points,” said Walsh.
Furthermore, Walsh plans to eliminate stigma on the usage of marijuana and highlight its benefits.
Walsh believes understanding the risks and benefits of marijuana is crucial, especially considering Canada may legalize the drug as soon as next year.
“There is not currently a lot of clear guidance on how mental health professionals can best work with people who are using cannabis for medical purposes,” said Walsh.
“With the end of prohibition, telling people to simply stop using may no longer be as feasible an option. Knowing how to consider cannabis in the treatment equation will become a necessity,” he concluded.
As Canada moves to legalize marijuana, businesses are already putting price tags on the drug, as much as $5 a gram, according to Global News.
“There will probably be some stuff which is five bucks, (but) I suspect that you’re going to find an average price of $7-$8 a gram.”
In the US, several states also legalized marijuana for recreational purposes during the 2016 election. However, states like Florida, have pushed to legalize medical marijuana, something Floridians waited for many years to occur.
Colorado’s Most Wanted
With the recent push to legalize recreational marijuana in several states, we decided to do a research study to find out which products are the most popular.
Using Facebook ads, we targetted our demographics and surveyed 500 Colorado residents between the age of 21 and 34. In the study, participants wrote which product they recommended for first-time users.
“Kimbo Slice,” a hybrid version of marijuana, was recommended by 76% of participants; “Golden Goat” was recommended by 58%, and 31% recommended “Blue Kudu Chocolate,” a chocolate bar.