Marijuana is Not a ‘Gateway Drug’ According to New Study
July 9th, 2014
Policy, Top News
A study of Canadian cancer patients challenges the claim that marijuana is a so-called “gateway drug”, according to researcher Phillippe Lucas. Last week, Dr. Lucas returned from the annual International Cannabinoid Research Society conference where he presented the paper that has yet to be published.
The findings are based on the Cannabis Access for Medical Purposes Study, which surveyed 628 medical cannabis patients in the largest study of its kind to date. In the study, 87% of patients substituted cannabis for one of three classes of drugs, including alcohol, prescription pain killers, and illegal drugs like cocaine or heroin, in what’s known as the substitution effect among researchers.
The substitution effect suggests cannabis can be an exit drug, and can be seen as a harm reduction tool, according to Lucas. In fact, the main reason that patients chose to substitute marijuana for the other options were “better symptom management” and “less adverse side effects” rather than anything involving a “high”.
Currently, Lucas is leading research at Tilray, a licensed producer of medical marijuana at Duke Point. After investing more than $20 million in a state-of-the-art facility, the team cultivates more than 35 strains of medical and research-destined cannabis. The company expects to announce a clinical trial for medical cannabis later this year that could further solidify its initial research.
Despite an increasing number of studies like these, the U.S. continues to list cannabis as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, considering it to be just as dangerous as cocaine or heroin. The FDA announced that it would reevaluate its stance on the drug in June 2014, however, which could open the door to more legitimized medical usage on a federal level rather than riskier state-only approvals.
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