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Recent Study Indicates Cannabis May Reduce Fentanyl Exposure For Recovering Addicts

hightimes.com January 3, 2021

Recent Study Indicates Cannabis May Reduce Fentanyl Exposure For Recovering Addicts

A recently published study about treating opioid addiction seems to look favorably upon cannabis.

For those engaged in opioid agonist therapy (OAT), cannabis could be an effective way to reduce fentanyl exposure.

That is the takeaway from a new study published this month in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence.

Drawing data from "two community-recruited prospective cohorts of people who use drugs in Vancouver, Canada," the researchers from the University of British Columbia, Center of Substance Use said they studied "the relationship between cannabis use and recent fentanyl exposure" among OAT participants between the years 2016 and 2018.

OAT is "an effective treatment for addiction to opioid drugs such as heroin, oxycodone, hydromorphone (Dilaudid), fentanyl and Percocet," according to the Canadian research hospital Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, that "involves taking the opioid agonists methadone (Methadose) or...


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