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Off the Hook?

“The concept of prescribing patients a safer form of the drug they are dependent on is not novel; it is routinely used to treat tobacco and heroin addiction,” explains Nicholas Lintzeris, a researcher at New South Wales University, Australia, and part of a team that hopes to apply the same logic to cannabis dependency (1). “The process can encourage behavioral ‘lifestyle’ change, which is necessary to stopping addiction.” 

A previous study (2), conducted over a period of 28 days, had already demonstrated promising results with nabiximols (Sativex) – an oromucosal spray, containing THC, CBD and specific minor cannabinoids, which has been approved in “over 25 countries outside the USA for the treatment of spasticity (muscle stiffness/spasm) due to muscular sclerosis (3)”

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