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Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol and Other Drugs


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A study by Amanda Reiman at University of California, Berkeley examined drug and alcohol use, and the occurrence of substitution among medical cannabis patients.

Previous research in this field has suggested that medical cannabis patients might be using more alcohol than non patients, and might also have a higher instance of alcohol abuse than the general population.

In contrast to these findings this study found that patients prescribed medical cannabis patients were engaging in substitution by using cannabis as an alternative to alcohol, prescription and other illicit drugs.

The conclude that the substitution of one psychoactive substance for another with the goal of reducing negative outcomes can be included within future frameworks of harm reduction.

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