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Certainly there are better studies that need to be done?

Have fun with this one from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre

In a world-first, researchers from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC), based at the University of New South Wales, are leading a study to determine whether the pharmaceutical drug Sativex can help people better manage cannabis withdrawal symptoms as a platform for ongoing abstinence. […]

“There is currently no targeted drug available to assist with cannabis withdrawal.” [said NCPIC director Professor Jan Copeland.]

[h/t Transform]

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31 comments to Certainly there are better studies that need to be done?

  • Dante

    Oh, for crying out loud.

    From the article:
    ““There is currently no targeted drug available to assist with cannabis withdrawal.” [said NCPIC director Professor Jan Copeland.]”

    No assistance for cannabis withdrawal? Heinous!

    Why, that’s just as bad as not having assistance for addiction to eating #2 pencils, or addiction to drumming your fingers on the desk, or addiction to humming a favorite tune you hear on the radio, and …..

    What? Those aren’t addictive? But…. we have all this cool stuff to kill the addicts. We need to legislate that those thing ARE addictive so we can use our toys.

  • claygooding

    My new response to marijuana addiction advocates.

    The increase of marijuana addicts and costs to society are already well established.

    What ever it costs to treat all the caffeine addicts now should be close enough to base an estimate on,since marijuana and caffeine have the same level of addiction according to the National Institute Drug Abuse.

    OOPS,,caffeine can kill you,,so I guess they are not the same.

  • darkcycle

    I just woke up. I must be reading this wrong….they want to use oral cannabis to treat addiction (?) to INHALED cannabis? Did I miss somthing? That’s like prescribing heroin to treat heroin addiction. Isn’t that just substituting tincture for smoking a bowl? I do that ALL THE TIME! Whenever I am out where I can’t toke, or I don’t want to take the time to grill one, or before I go to sleep, or when I don’t feel like the mess, or we’re having guests and I don’t want to stink up the house. I had no idea that was helping me treat my addiction (Cannabis does help me with my addiction: it helps me with my addiction to FOOD. If I can’t smoke it, I go into food withdrawl).

  • kaptinemo

    I almost sprayed the monitor with my morning Pepsi when I read the blurb. Sativex to help with ‘marijuana withdrawal symptoms’? ‘Hair of the dog’, when it hasn’t even bitten you?

    (Raucous, gut-splitting, scornful laughter.)

    OMG, they are getting really desperate to market their ‘cannabis-that-isn’t-marijuana’.

    (Spluttering, gasping for breath)

    Oh, jeez, they’ll kill me with their sheer inanity and complete lack of self-examination. Don’t they realize that the scientific community (the part that hasn’t pimped itself to the prohibs) already know what Sativex is…and is not?

    More Rube Goldberg. More unnecessary widgets attached to an already clunky, cumbersome and unworkable machine. A machine we can’t afford to maintain anymore.

    • darkcycle

      Better put that soda-pop down Nemo, get a load of this…they’re claiming Sativex doesn’t get you high (Bollocks!):
      “The spray contains the cannabis extracts, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the substance primarily responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis, however, the spray administers the substance at doses below the level of intoxication”

  • Nunavut Tripper

    OMFG Truth is stranger than fiction.
    Just when Pete posts a really nutty prohib story something even crazier shows up a few days later.

    “Dependence on cannabis means that the person needs to use cannabis just to feel ‘normal’”

    The above statement sounds very much like tobacco addiction. These Aussie morons are just pulling common cliches out of their ass. Certainly written by someone who has never experienced cannabis. If you want to feel “normal” then don’t toke.If you want to get high then pack a bowl. Duh !

  • Peter

    I didn’t notice anything about who’s funding this study. It couldn’t possibly be SATIVEX® could it?

  • […] are underway in Sydney and Newcastle of the drug Sativex, a botanical extract of cannabis …Certainly there are better studies that need to be done?Drug WarRantMarijuana Spray Tested; Could Ease Withdrawal SymptomsOpposing ViewsAustralian Study To […]

  • Great! A cannabis derivative used to treat cannabis “addiction”. I think I’ll take a hit of Jack Daniels to help me with my alcoholism.

  • Duncan20903

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    This place is infested with the nattering nabobs of negatism, no doubt. Why choose doom & gloom? Life can be all puppies and sunshine with the right outlook. Perhaps you’ll be able to see the benefit when you realize that this piece of rank speculation has GWP’s stock up around 10%. What’s good for Duncan’s pocketbook is good for America.

    Approved for palliation of MS symptoms? [yawn]

    Approved for palliation of cancer pain? [ho-hum]

    “Might be” a treatment for the fiction of merrywanna addiction? Buy! Buy Mortimer, buy!!

    The stock markets are fickle and unpredictable creatures.

  • Francis

    This is great news! Nice job, science! Now that you’ve tackled cannabis “addiction,” why don’t you get to work on a drug to help prevent fatalities in the case of accidental cannabis “overdoses”? There just might be a Nobel prize in it for whoever’s the first to crack that code.

  • Peter

    I sense GWP snake-oil salesperson Andrea Barthwell steaming out of the mist any minute…

  • Peter

    corrupt from top to bottom:

    Sativex revenues for 2011: £29.6 million

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/1170107

  • […] are underway in Sydney and Newcastle of the drug Sativex, a botanical extract of cannabis …Certainly there are better studies that need to be done?Drug WarRantMarijuana Spray Tested; Could Ease Withdrawal SymptomsOpposing ViewsAustralian Study To […]

  • claygooding

    I want to try some

  • […] are underway in Sydney and Newcastle of the drug Sativex, a botanical extract of cannabis …Certainly there are better studies that need to be done?Drug WarRantMarijuana Spray Tested; Could Ease Withdrawal SymptomsOpposing ViewsAustralian Study To […]

  • Servetus

    Whoever wrote the grant proposal for the New South Wales study deserves a merit badge for outsmarting the grant review committee. Money for nothing. Drugs for free.

  • Lumpy

    So any other drug to be used as a substitute is better than cannabisuse?