Article by Rob Waugh, Metro News
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.