Our society is filled with all sorts of addictive products, local or imported. A lot of those products are limited in use due to legislations, examples include heroin and cocaine. Others are freely accepted in use by society, often used as recreational products. Alcohol is an example of that.
Unfortunately, addictions have destructive effects on both the individual and society. Addictions ruin the health of the individual and their state of mind. It also drives the addicts into reckless action, endangering everyone else’s lives.
Remedies for Treating Harmful Addictions
At one point or another, an addict will need help to resolve their problems. This help will be in the form of rehabilitation, where the addict must break their habits.
Regardless, addictions are not easy to break. The withdrawal effects can be so painful as to trigger violent reactions from the addict. This means that it is necessary to slowly wean the addict of their habits. Preferably, that will be using less harmful products.
This is where cannabis can be of great help. Cannabis is actually the most used natural drug in the world. In 2007, a study at Michigan State University found that 43% of US adults used cannabis at least once in their life.
If cannabis was highly addictive, then most US adults should be suffering right now. This is not the case, where cannabis has a mild narcotic effect. The plant is not enough to spark an addiction.
Shifting Harmful Drug Use
Cannabis can be used to treat a variety of addictions. Examples include alcohol and opiate addictions. It provides a relaxing effect that acts as a pain relief. The pain relief can reduce the agitation from withdrawal symptoms during recovery.
Additionally, it is psychologically soothing to the addict. Resistance to objects of addiction usually trigger a greater desire to consume. Smoking a product that is “a drug” by society’s standards can mentally calm down addicts.
The Legalization of Cannabis can Aid with Addict Recovery
If cannabis is starting to be accepted as a recreational drug, then why not use it at rehabilitation centers?
It would be highly effective, and definitely cost-effective for afflicted families. It is also encouraging for those who are on recovering, giving them a temporary crutch.
One thing that should be considered is dosage control. Cannabis use should be standardized in recovery phases. Cannabis should not be consumed under the guise of “recovery medication”.
Also, concentrations should be controlled when applicable. The consumer should be stimulated, but not too much to the point of sparking a new addiction.
Fixed portions should be assigned for those who are in recovery. This is something that would be difficult to do at home. A sense of discipline being imposed on the addict is necessary for that.
Just like with any drug or substance, overuse of cannabis can also be harmful. There are also side effects to it. One should consult with the doctor before using it for chronic pain and other ailments.