Exit Drug (How Cannabis Can Combat the Opioid Crisis)

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So, the question simply becomes, “Why not cannabis?” We have argued before that cannabis could be seen as an “exit drug” rather than an “entry drug”. Indeed, we have written an entire study on using cannabis to replace addictive pharmaceuticals! Perhaps something akin to “Using cannabis keeps you in a drug-using environment, and potentially makes you susceptible to using other drugs (gateway theory). CANNABIS CULTURE – On many drug addiction programs, “abstinence” is the keyword. Whether it’s alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants and many other drugs besides, prescription or not, treating them often involves using other drugs.

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CANNABIS CULTURE – On many drug addiction programs, “abstinence” is the keyword. The reasoning? Perhaps something akin to “Using cannabis keeps you in a drug-using environment, and potentially makes you susceptible to using other drugs (gateway theory). Also, cannabis is a drug, and you cannot use drugs to get off other drugs.”

Yet, we already use opioids to wean people off other opioids. In fact, many standard treatments for getting people off other drugs or to manage their side-effects involve the use of plenty of other drugs. Whether it’s alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants and many other drugs besides, prescription or not, treating them often involves using other drugs. So, the question simply becomes, “Why not cannabis?”

We have argued before that cannabis could be seen as an “exit drug” rather than an “entry drug”. Cannabis is already far less addictive and damaging than many of the drugs we prescribe quite legally, opioids included,...

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