Cannabis may be able to help curb crack cocaine addiction, a new study suggests.
Between 2012 and 2015, researchers from the BC Centre on Substance Use in Vancouver surveyed more than 100 crack users in the Canadian city’s downtown eastside and downtown south neighbourhoods.
Those who purposefully used cannabis to help control their crack use showed a significant drop in crack consumption, with the proportion of people reporting daily use declining from 35 percent to less than 20 percent.
Data for the study were taken from three prospective cohorts of more than 2,000 drug consumers; the Vancouver Injection Drug Users Study (VIDUS); the AIDS Care Cohort to Evaluate exposure to Survival Services (ACCESS); and the At-Risk Youth Study (ARYS).
The BC Centre on Substance Use is planning to conduct more research to further examine whether cannabis might be an effective tool for people looking to cut their use of crack or other stimulants, either as harm reduction or as treatment.
h/t Huffington Post