Medical Marijuana

The Fallacy of the Gateway Therory

The “Gateway Theory” can be traced to 1975, with a paper by Kandel reporting on the frequency with which adolescent illicit drug users had previously used marijuana (Science 1975;190:912-914). The difficulty was the failure to demonstrate causality in the relationship. People who use cocaine or heroin have usually been exposed to marijuana or a licit […]

Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

Johann Hari: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong Filmed June 2015 at TEDGlobalLondon What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started […]

JAMA: Cannabinoids have Moderate Evidence Base for Medical Use A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis Shows

Despite the systematic hurdles in place to perform research a recent article in the Journal of American Medical Association concludes there is moderate-quality evidence to support the use of cannabinoids for the treatment of chronic pain and spasticity. Cannabinoids for Medical Use A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis    

Hazelden Introduces Medication Assisted Treatment into Recovery for First Time

In the past months, Hazelden has begin to prescribe the drug buprenorphine (Suboxone/BunAvail) for some patients addicted to opioids.  This includes the class of drugs that includes prescription pain relievers like Oxycontin as well as heroin. At low doses, buprenorphine acts like methadone or heroin, which helps addicts to avoid severe withdrawal. But when combined with Naloxone […]