A study done at the University of British Columbia (UBC), suggests that drug users—particularly those addicted to opioids and alcohol—could benefit from using marijuana as a reverse “stepping stone” away from more dangerous substances.“Research suggests that people may be using cannabis as an exit drug to reduce use of substances that are potentially more harmful, such as opioid pain medication,” said Dr. Zach Walsh, UBC associate professor and lead researcher in the study.“In reviewing the limited evidence on medical cannabis,
The study also found that, according to evidence, “cannabis use does not appear to increase risk of harm to self or others.”
“There is currently not a lot of clear guidance on how mental health professionals can best work with people who are using cannabis for medical purposes,” said Walsh, whose team included three others at UBC, Florida State University, California’s National Centre for PTSD and the Center for Innovation and Implementation.
The team found evidence that cannabis could be helpful in treating the symptoms of social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression.
The results of the study was published recently in the academic journal Clinical Psychology Review.