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This is a cure?

Researchers are looking to give lithium to marijuana users in an effort to help them quit in a new trial at the Riverlands Drug and Alcohol Centre in Lismore.

“When I first heard about this, I was a bit concerned about using lithium One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and all that,” Dr Johnston admitted.

“But we will only be administering lithium in low doses for seven days it’s long term, high-dosage lithium use that can be problematic for some patients. And currently we have no medications for use in cannabis withdrawal management.

“We’re hoping to attract a large number of people to take part in this.”

In related news, researchers are exploring the use of leeches to rid the body of excessive happiness, and limb amputations to cure the broken heart.

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19 comments to This is a cure?

  • Chris

    “And currently we have no medications for use in cannabis withdrawal management.”

    Except, you know… cannabis. I know I’ve seen an article about them using it for that reason before.

  • Julian

    “We’re hoping to attract a large number of people to take part in this.”

    Yeah, sign me the f*** up for that one. By attrack a number of people do they mean arrest a large number of non violent users and then tell them “prison or lab rat, your choice.” because I’m thinking that is what it is going to take to get people “attracted” to going on lithium for a week to get off of the crippling addiction cannabis causes.

  • divadab

    The more exposed their false beliefs, the more ridiculous the prohibitionists’ tactics. Fuck what a malicious gang of retards.

  • Cannabis

    Lithium can cure one of being gay as well.

  • Jake

    The problem here is that Cannabis really isn’t hard to give up, especially when compared to Tobacco, Heroin etc. so this ‘study’ will look like its successful, get approval and be able to be sold for an infinite amount. Are they are even doing a double-blind study? (as that would prove how ineffective it is).

    It is also a shame as those who are actually psychologically dependant on it need counselling and support as to the reasons why they are self-medicating, not to be fed snake-oil and told they’re a failure when it unsurprisingly doesn’t work…

  • tensity1

    Tell you what, I do believe there is some form of cannabis dependency, as being redfined in the upcoming DSM-V (IV?), because I exhibited some of the symptoms after smoking boatloads for an extended time, then having to quit. Whether it is purely psychological, or a physiological dependence but working on a different pathway from harder drugs, or whatever it is, I definitely experienced physical withdrawal symptoms during a one-week vacation (and later after using synthetic JWH’s).

    Now, I wasn’t like some of the really pitiful cases with underlying psychological issues who couldn’t leave their houses and begged for therapy, but I would say I have an obsessive or “addictive” personality based on family history and my previous and continuing “addictions” (primarily nicotine, video gaming, caffeine, obsessive passion with various hobbies, yadda yadda yadda).

    With all this laid out, tell you what–stopping the use of pot was one of the easiest things I’ve ever done. Hell of a lot easier than nicotine, which took over 20 years of starting and stopping.

    I didn’t want to stop the herb (I really luvs it), but I’m not using now, and besides the fond memories, don’t jones for it. I will smoke again, whether legal or not, when circumstances allow.

    Here’s what I experienced when quitting: A bit of insomnia (which I usually have anyhow), a bit of extra irritability (again, I can be ass off and on anyhow), decreased appetite which probably contributed to the occasional wave of nausea. The nausea is what was the unusual one for me, but it wasn’t strong, and only lasted a minute or two–not a big deal. The worst was over within a week, and nothing whatsoever after 2+ weeks.

    As I said, easiest thing I’ve ever done involving “willpower.” I still obsessively game and surf the web, can’t discipline myself to stick to resolutions and goals, and all this is while stone cold sober. Hell, I like myself better high, and talk about how it kicks up my guitar playing, both creatively and technique-wise–a great boost due to relaxation and really feeling the rhythms and sonic textures. Overall, the benefits greatly outweigh any negatives. Certainly don’t need any prohibitions to “protect” me.

    Anyway, the point of all this is that even from the standpoint that some people may develop some kind of dependency on pot, do we really need to worry about it so much to the point of giving people lithium? I don’t fucking think so.

  • Could lithium be used to treat bureaucratic idiocy? Perhaps it could help cure sado-moralisticosis?

    I’m just sooo confoosed! Do facts ever come into play? “Damnit! I know this square peg can fit that round hole!”

  • malcolm kyle

    Here’s a direct link in case anybody feels the need to comment.

  • TrebleBass

    Why not just make edibles or drinkables with a very low dose and take them once a day for a week, then go sober. I don’t see why we always have to find some other drug to bring people down from drugs (like methadone for heroin, or wellbutrin or some other nonsense for cocaine). If someone genuinely has a problem with giving up weed and really wants to do it, then sure, we can look into some pharmacological way of doing that. But shouldn’t the obvious first choice be to wean them down on their own drug?

  • vicky vampire

    I’ve done lithium before Oh DARN,it did not cure my Bisexuality. Quote(cannabis Lithium can cure one of being gay as well. )

    What other goofy goof non-sense will they materialise next from their Grey matter.

  • Servetus

    Lithium has serious side effects with long term use, which is why it was never considered an ideal choice for treating bipolar disorder. These side effects include:

    Mild hand tremor; mild thirst; temporary, mild nausea and general discomfort at the beginning of treatment.”

    And “Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur when using Lithium”:

    Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blurred vision; confusion; diarrhea; drowsiness; excessive weight gain; fainting; giddiness; inability to control the bladder or bowels; increased thirst; increased or decreased urination; involuntary twitching or muscle movements; loss of consciousness; loss of coordination; muscle weakness; persistent headache; persistent or severe nausea; ringing in the ears; seizures; slow or irregular heartbeat; slurred speech; swelling of the ankles or wrists; unsteadiness; vision changes; vomiting.

    More info at: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/lithium-side-effects.html

    The good news is that the nausea and vomiting resulting from Lithium consumption might be treatable using medical marijuana.

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  • This is not my America

    WTF !!! Did i just fall into an episode of the twighlight zone?

    If lithium can cure ..cannabis…(LMFAO)addiction…or gayness(coffee spewing from nose onto keyboard)…how about stupidity in government!? (Vein just popped in head dying from laughing)

    My god these people are barbaric !!!

  • DdC

    Womans Wacky Vengeance Union 05/01/08
    First Wrong On Alcohol, While sipping Laudanum Tea,
    Now Wrong On Cannabis, Popping Synthetics…

    What a drag it is getting old
    “Kids are different today”
    I hear ev’ry mother say
    Mother needs something today to calm her down
    And though she’s not really ill
    There’s a little yellow pill
    She goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
    And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day

    “Things are different today”
    I hear ev’ry mother say
    Cooking fresh food for a husband’s just a drag
    So she buys an instant cake and she burns her frozen steak
    And goes running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
    And two helps her on her way, get her through her busy day

    Doctor please some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    “Men just aren’t the same today”
    I hear ev’ry mother say
    They just don’t appreciate that you get tired
    They’re so hard to satisfy. You can tranquilize your mind
    So go running for the shelter of a mother’s little helper
    And four help you through the night, help to minimize your plight

    Doctor please some more of these
    Outside the door, she took four more
    What a drag it is getting old

    “Life’s just much too hard today”
    I hear ev’ry mother say
    The pursuit of happiness just seems a bore
    And if you take more of those, you will get an overdose
    No more running to the shelter of a mother’s little helper
    They just helped you on your way through your busy dying day
    (Mick Jagger / Keith Richards) * (U2b)