New Study Finds Cannabis Reduces the Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal

A new study funded by the National Institute for Health and published this month in the American Journal of Addiction has found that those whobigstock-marijuana-12446021-300x200 consume cannabis during opiate withdrawal experience less severe withdrawal symptoms.

The method researchers used is as follows; “To examine this, patterns of cannabis use prior to and during methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) were examined to assess possible cannabis-related effects on MMT, particularly during methadone stabilization. Retrospective chart analysis was used to examine outpatient records of patients undergoing MMT (n = 91), focusing specifically on past and present cannabis use and its association with opiate abstinence, methadone dose stabilization, and treatment compliance.”

Researchers conclude that; “These results suggested a potential role for cannabis in the reduction of withdrawal severity during methadone induction”, and that these findings “may point to novel interventions to be employed during treatment for opiate dependence that specifically target cannabinoid–opioid system interactions.”

In addition to finding that it helps against withdrawal symptoms, researchers found that opiate-consumers who also used cannabis spent less money on opiates than those who didn’t (cannabis consumers spent $85 a day on average, whereas non-consumers spent over $120).

More research is needed, but this study makes it clear that cannabis has strong potential as a medicine to help wean people off of harder, more dangerous substances.

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19 thoughts on “New Study Finds Cannabis Reduces the Symptoms of Opiate Withdrawal”

  1. I’m getting off Percocet. Only day 1 and feel like crap. I am a medical marijuana patient. Does anyone know If I go to detox to get off these pills will my certification be taken away?

  2. ,I’m using it now, and I cannot believe how much it helps, I still have some chills and the sweats are still there (man I also hate them) but the days go by normal instead of slow and dragdragging. On day 10 of heroin withdrawal, and still kicking. But that weed tho, praise God.

  3. Hay guys,I just want to share my story,I’m 27 and I live in the UK, I have chronic knee pain from when I was in the army,I also suffer from ptsd,
    I got hooked in very strong opiates for about a year,fentanyl and dihydrocodeine,aswell as Lorazepam,after listening to family members and friends I decided to kick the opiates and use vaporised cannabis(under observation of my doctor)
    And the results that we have found have literally changed my life,every time I feel pain or anxiety I simpley vape at 165c and all the pain and anxiety goes away,with no need at all to go back to any opiate,rather than tapering the dosages I just went cold turkey,and substituted everything with the herb,and all I will say is,its changed my life in way I didn’t think where possible,I’m almost back to myself,the old me before I got diagnosed with ptsd and before my knees got damaged,me and my doctor tried alot of things to try to replace the pain meds but with no success,untill this time,as my final note I wkll say this,cammabis has been documented by some as rhe holy grail,and I strongly agree with this,I’m a practising romantic catholic and there is refferances to this spectacular plant in the bible,and I really deep down belive that the cannabis plant is the tree of life that’s talked about in the garden of Eden, so for every 1 out there who don’t think this is possible,it is,it really is,gid gave us this plant as a gift,a gift to humanity,for those who are sceptical,give it a try,it will change your life

    • How were your withdrawls that’s what I am tripping on, I have relapsed over 15 years now off and on due to the WDz I am a heavy opiot user

  4. About the article though. I am on MMt Methadone maintenance. I am an average sized guy. 6 ft 175 lbs. but my metabolism is fast as hell , anyways so my methadone every night is out of me by 12:00 pm midnight like clockwork.I know exactly when cuz my yawm happens. first sign of withdrawl.. now im gonna feel like crap till I get dosed.. I wake up every morning with the ealry symptoms . shivering. headache. nauseous. rls, and if i smoke weed at 2 in the morning it will compltely take away 90% of the wd’s. I cant believe no 1 has known this. try eating edibles. i wake up at 6 am and feel great if i eat edibles at night.

  5. On narco for 10 years…alot…quit last week…went to vegas got my medicinal marijuana…and almost felt normal of using cannibus for withdrawal…on day 6 and doing awesome…truly a miracle…

  6. I’ve been smoking weed/hash/wax/oil for over 10 years. Took some vics and norcos here and there back then. But the past 2 years I’ve taking oxy 80’s, norcos, percs and trams. I usually take excessive amounts of pills for 2-3 weeks then have1-2 weeks of bad withdrawals (until I get the meds again). Since I already smoke it doesn’t help at all with my withdrawal, in fact it doesn’t seem to have any effect at all until I complete detox or get more meds. I am trying t take less. I have even tapered a few times and beat the withdrawal symptoms but that has only been 2-3 times in the past year. My advice: just don’t take any pain pills at all if you know you won’t be able to control yourself, stick to smoking weed or vaping it.

  7. I am addicted to oxy, I take 100mg, throughout the day, this is day 2 of no pills, I bought weed yesterday and I don’t smoke, this was my first time in over a decade of using this. And I must say it is working, it just doesnt last very long and I dont like th e idea of smokinig it but it does help, not so much with the sweats though, God I hate the sweats

  8. Man I gotta admit it really does help alot. It sux that it doesn’t last longer but you just gotta realize when you are going through withdrawl you are going to end up smoking double your normal consumption and suck up the cost because it is such a great temporary cure. Gives you an hour or two when your muscles FINALLY do not hurt…Also hot showers are amazing.

  9. yo cannabis cures everything, i swear to god. thats the shiit right there, everybode should be able to smoke if they need it

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