People have used hemp cigarettes as a safer smoke to reduce tobacco use. But reduced tobacco consumption also appears to be a side effect of medical marijuana use. Patients authorized to use medical cannabis report having reduced or stopped their tobacco and nicotine use, according to data published online in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.
A team of researchers from Canada and the United States examined self-reported tobacco and nicotine rates before and after ingesting cannabis in a cohort of 650 Canadian subjects who were eligible for medical marijuana.
Almost half of the study participants (49 percent) said that consumption was reduced after medical cannabis therapy, with 25 percent reporting no use in the last 30 days.
Older smokers showed the most improvement
Subjects aged 55 and over and those who expressed an intention to quit tobacco were most likely to reduce their tobacco / nicotine use.
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The authors concluded, “The results of this retrospective survey of medical cannabis users suggest that the onset of medical cannabis use is associated with a self-reported decrease and / or cessation of T / N. was connected [tobacco/nicotine]. … Given the significant morbidity, mortality and health costs associated with T / N dependence, future research should further evaluate the potential of cannabis-based treatments to support efforts to reduce or cease T / N use. “
Clinical study data from the UK previously reported that subjects given CBD significantly reduced their intake of tobacco cigarettes, while those given a placebo did not. Two studies published earlier this year documented an association between cannabis use and a reduction in alcohol consumption among subjects.
The full text of the study, “Self-Reported Reductions in Tobacco and Nicotine Use After Starting Medical Cannabis Treatment: Results of a Cross-sectional Survey of Licensed Medical Cannabis Patients in Canada” appears in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment.