Medicine/Healing

Sure, cannabis is a “gateway drug”, leading toward less use of other drugs

A number of studies, including two published just last month, have also found that cannabis can impact a person’s use of benzodiazepines. One found that 45 percent of participants ceased their benzo use by the end of the study period; the other saw 22 percent of participants substituting weed for benzos.

As more and more prohibitionist cannabis policies are reversed in North America, a long-peddled, if long-debunked, perception that weed is a “gateway drug” to other substances is increasingly being challenged. More than that, a growing body of evidence indicates that it can be an “exit drug.” Research suggests that cannabis can serve as an “exit drug” for substances ranging from opioids to benzodiazopines, tobacco and alcohol.

Journal of Pain – Pills to Pot: Observational Analyses of Cannabis Substitution Among Medical Cannabis Users With Chronic Pain

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research –
Reduction of Benzodiazepine Use in Patients Prescribed Medical Cannabis

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Sure, cannabis is a “gateway drug”, leading toward less use of other drugs
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