Crack cocaine is a drug that appeared in the 1980s and was then promoted as the drug that will get you twice as high as regular powdered cocaine does for half the price. Needless to say that such a slogan attracted millions over the last decades, particularly the poor due to the economical aspect of the substance. Now, almost 3 decades later, crack cocaine has left a staggering number of victims in its path, destroying lives and communities due to its ease of acquisition, high addictiveness and potency.
In an effort to reduce the number of people suffering from this addiction, Canadian researchers have started looking into the possibility of treating crack cocaine addiction with cannabis. For the sake of the study, they followed the drug habits of over 100 crack cocaine users from poor areas in Vancouver and found that a big portion of them were using cannabis to manage their crack addiction. Between 2012 and 2015, these people reported a daily consumption drop from 35 percent to less than 20 percent.
- This is not the first research to be done on the link between cannabis and crack. In recent years, scientists from Beijing and Baltimore as well as scientists in Barcelona collaborated and exchanged data in a study that intentionally addicted mice to cocaine then injected them with cannabinoids similar to those found in marijuana. Both teams noticed that the mice intentionally decreased their cocaine intake as a result of this injection.
- According to the Canadian team from the British Columbia Center on Substance Use in Vancouver, the results of these studies all point in a similar direction. That which leads us to more research on the increasingly obvious ability of cannabinoids to treat crack use disorders.
It seems that Marijuana may not be a gateway drug after all but rather a much needed and long awaited getaway vehicle to the many who need it everywhere in the world where there is addiction.