For an individual to understand were the gateway drug lies came from you need to grab what substance addiction is:
What is Addiction In Regards To Substance Use?
Addiction is the physical and psychological difficulty to stop ingesting a substance or drug even when it is causing harm to the individual. The addictive substance takes over the limbic system by imitating or generating excess production of dopamine, a neurochemical that send signals to the brain. This dopamine impale is what differentiate doing drugs from having sex or engaging in a healthy activity. Over time the brain loses control of normal production of neurochemical only the addictive substance will be able to activate the reward system, at that time the patient is addicted to the substance.
HISTORY OF CANNABIS AS A GATEWAY DRUG HYPOTHESIS
In 1930 during the “reefer madness” era, cannabis had a negative notion that it is a gateway drug. The theory is the idea that one drug use(cannabis) can increase the probability of several harmful substances uses with a deliberate focus on cannabis.
these days the wrong impression has changed completely as several scientists have evidence pointing that cannabis isn’t a gateway drug rather an exit drug, which means that cannabis is an end to dependency on the harmful substance. A recent study by Harm Reduction Journal surveyed 2,000 individuals on the effect of cannabis consumption on their use of other drugs. The individuals were all licensed medical users in Canada. The result shows that about 70 per cent replaced cannabis for pharmaceutical drugs. Such medicinal drugs include antipsychotic drugs as well as opioids; opioids totalled for 35 per cent of prescription drugs. 59% totally halted their opioid use for cannabis. Further study showed that some participants disclosed “exiting” alcohol (45 per cent) and cigarette use (30 per cent).
Additionally, In 1970, Dr Tod Mikuriya published research in the Psychedelic Review that looked at the role of cannabis use in the recovery of patients with alcoholism.
“It would appear that for selected alcoholics the substitution of smoked cannabis for alcohol may be of marked rehabilitative value,” he reported.
In a review article published in 1973, Mikuriya acknowledges several physicians who used cannabis to treat opiate addiction, even penning that some feel cannabis is safest unlike opiates, cannabis use didn’t lead to physical dependency. Collectively he quoted 56 research published between 1857 and 1972 that shows that marijuana has healthful potential as an anti-withdrawal agent for opiates and alcohol, which can also serve as an alternative to other addictive substance.
While we could argue about the use of cannabis for the treatment of addiction, a specialized treatment centre in Los, Angeles, is on fire with a new method debunking the 12 step program that is been used to treat addiction. High sobriety allows occupants to consume cannabis, Unlike the traditional treatment where victims are prescribed drugs to help manage the withdrawal, psychiatrists at High Sobriety work with residents to determine how much cannabis is appropriate. It is given in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and occupants consume it in any way they want, whether that’s by smoking, vaporizing, or ingesting it through food or in capsule form. This treatment centre is proof that cannabis is a “gateway drug” towards “less use of other drugs”.
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