A new study suggests that those hooked on opioids, including heroin and prescription pain killers, can find some help in the form of marijuana.
Researchers at Columbia University looked at opioid patients for eight weeks and studied their withdrawal symptons after treating some with a cannabinoid (Marinol-type) drug.
“The severity of opioid withdrawal during inpatient phase was lower” in patients that received the drug, the researchers concluded.
But wait, there’s more:
According to a summary, “32% of participants who smoked marijuana regularly during the outpatient phase had significantly lower ratings of insomnia and anxiety and were more likely to complete the 8-week trial.”
The results were published recently in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.
“One of the interesting study findings was the observed beneficial effect of marijuana smoking on treatment retention,” the authors stated. “Participants who smoked marijuana had less difficulty with sleep and anxiety and were more likely to remain in treatment as compared to those who were not using marijuana, regardless of whether they were taking dronabinol or placebo.”
Plus, the Marinol-like drug given patients “reduced the severity of opiate withdrawal during acute detoxification,” the summary says.
Who says medical marijuana is a joke?