Cannabis Ingredient ‘Could Help Cocaine and Alcohol Addicts Stay Clean’, Study Finds

Article by Rob Waugh, Metro News

Light it up: smokers enjoy marijuana at the Pro Cannabis Rally in Hyde Park in London. Cannabis Ingredient ‘Could Help Cocaine and Alcohol Addicts Stay Clean’, Study Finds. Light it up: smokers enjoy marijuana at the Pro Cannabis Rally in Hyde Park in London. UK 20/04 2014. (Photo by: PYMCA/UIG via Getty Images)

Anti-drug campaigners like to portray weed as a ‘gateway’ drug which leads on to harder substances – but could cannabis actually stop addicts relapsing?

A preclinical study has shown that an ingredient in cannabis, CBD, may help to stop addicts relapsing to take drugs such as cocaine and alcohol.

‘Cannabidiol’ (CBD), is a chemical from cannabis which campaigners claim helps with diseases including cancer and Crohn’s disease.

Crucially, CBD products don’t contain any THC, the chemical in cannabis which causes the high.

Researchers led by Friedbert Weiss at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California applied a gel containing CBD to the skin of rats.

The rats had a history of self-administering alcohol or cocaine – addict-like behaviour.

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