Is cannabis the answer to developed countries problems with alcoholism?
December 7, 2009 11:05 AM Subscribe
Substituting cannabis in place of more harmful drugs may be a winning strategy in the fight against substance misuse.
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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.
"Substituting cannabis for alcohol 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."
"The economic hardship of The Great Depression 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."
Would it work? The research has been ongoing, but as yet not everybody is convinced