Mar 31, 2016 5:36 AM

How can medical marijuana help with… COCAINE DEPENDENCE?

Definition of cocaine dependence

Cocaine abuse is a powerful desire to use cocaine regularly, which causes physical and mental addiction. Cocaine is a mostly known stimulant and is also one of the most destructive drugs. The cocaine is usually taken through the nose (snorted), injected directly into a vein or under the skin, and by smoking – and all of these methods of drug usage can carry risks for the health. Cocaine produces destructive effects, that are extremely dangerous. Cocaine overdose may lead heart attacks, brain damage and even death. The list of conditions associated with cocaine use is vast: irritability restlessness, anxiety, paranoia heart problems, respiratory effects, respiratory failure, nervous system problems, strokes, digestive problems, acquiring HIV and other diseases (by using shared needles for cocaine injection), serious skin infections, severe allergic reactions. Cocaine makes the users feel more energetic, happy, talkative, concentrated and joy because of dopamine. All these effects can develop cocaine abuse. The users take the drugs and enjoy the effect which results in continued drug usage. The body gets used for certain doses and each time people have to increase the dosage to receive the same effect. And this is the main reason of developing cocaine abuse. Even only one dose of the drug can cause the addiction on a physical level, and if the drugs are not taken any more, it is very painful. Cocaine withdrawal can cause anger, stereotype behavior, anxiety, paranoia, fatigue, emotional blunting and depression. Cocaine does not cause any physical symptoms similar to alcohol or synthetic drugs abuse. Cocaine abuse overcoming is a complex problem and requires different medical and psychological assistance. There is no official data of any research but we can assume that usage of medical marijuana in overcoming cocaine abuse could be reasonable for alleviating cocaine-induced symptoms. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are natural ingredients among 480 cannabinoids present in marijuana, which are best studied. They produce positive medical effects on a number of health conditions.

The researchers from the National Institute of Drug Abuse studied the effects of synthetic cannabidiol (CBD) on mice and proved the reducing of cocaine dependence. After the mice with cocaine abuse received CBD and was cut cocaine use in half without negative effects. We can suppose that for humans this drug will work better.

It was mentioned in the research, that the mice behavior was not associated with “high” effect, neither JWH133 ( a synthetic cannabidiol ) had negative effect on them. This seems to be very promising for the humans. The aim the doctors pursued was to get people “high” without cocaine, thus enabling patients to avoid conventional anti-abuse treatment.

The effects of JWH133 are expected to work with all forms of cocaine, as they are just different ways of self-administering essentially the same drug. In other words, crack cocaine users, "free-basers," those who snort and those who "shoot up" cocaine may be able to find relief from their dangerous addiction with this drug. Even cutting use in half is a huge step to kicking the habit! Apart from medical science, this research proves that medical marijuana can really help people overcome cocaine abuse. Today, most of cocaine abusers are already aware of medical marijuana benefits, which can help them to reduce cocaine intake. Some surveys show that in the 90s the effects of cannabis were widely known among and it was cheaper, as the result marijuana use increased while cocaine use decreased. Marijuana is becoming more effective and popular for treatment of a wide range of conditions. A lot of studies have proved its effectiveness over conventional therapies and drugs. However, it could be used as a compliment to an existing treatment to make it more effective. Before using it consult a doctor who believes in medical marijuana and decide on the dosage and the strain top use. Don’t forget, that only controlled medical marijuana use can bring positive results.

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