Cannabis may help wean people off crack, study finds

The results echo a smaller study of 25 crack users in Brazil
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

canada crack vancouverCannabis has been identified as a potential substitute for users of legal or illicit opioids, but a new Vancouver-based study shows the drug may also help reduce people’s cravings for another highly addictive substance: crack cocaine. Scientists at the BC Centre on Substance Use tracked 122 people who consumed crack in and around Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside over a three-year period and found they reported using that drug less frequently when they opted to also consume cannabis. The findings do suggest that cannabinoids might play a role in reducing the harms of crack use for some people. (See also: Therapeutic Use of Cannabis by Crack Addicts in Brazil)