Researchers allowed rats to dose themselves at-will with cocaine until they became addicted. At the end of the period, they gave some of the animals transdermal patches that provided an infusion of cannabidiol. Rats that received the patches reduced cocaine intake, whereas the ones that didn’t continued to consume as much cocaine as before. Miguel Hernandez, researcher at the University in Spain, reported on an initial study showing that cannabidiol reduced alcohol consumption, as well as the desire to drink and any impulse toward relapse.
Another possible measure being discussed would be to use THC to steer pain sufferers away from opioids. A chemical in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), can alleviate pain but it also makes the user high. Researchers found a possible way to treat neuropathic pain-the kind produced by nerve damage.
Marijuana is chemically complex, and the plant’s therapeutic potential comes laden with entanglements. Pot ingredients may reduce cravings for some drugs but they may also produce dependence on their own.
All of this attention comes on the heels of multiple states legalizing sales and use of cannabis products. The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) have a stronghold on research by maintaining that cannabis is still federally illegal in all 50 states.