This paper has delved into reports that THC can be beneficial to those who are addicted to heroin (5α,6α)-7,8-didehydro-4,5-epoxy-17-methylmorphinan-3,6-diol diacetate). It discusses how THC may benefit those who are trying to wean themselves off the drug. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is a chemical compound that is found in marijuana/cannabis plants (cannabis sativa). Tetrahydrocannabinol has psychoactive effects on its users. This gives people a sense of euphoria. THC is said to have therapeutic effects in a wide range of human disorders including:
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The heroin epidemic in The United States is massive. In 2016 it was reported that 948,000 America (National Institute on Drug Abuse: NIDA). It is an opioid that gives the user a feeling of euphoria and pure relaxation. It is also one of the most addictive substances in the world because of its euphoric nature and as it’s widely available around the country. It is a very dangerous substance as the negative health impacts are abundant. This paper looks at how cannabinoids can have a positive effect on the ailment of diamorphine addiction.
Cannabis sativa (marijuana) extracts are some of the most broadly applied illegal recreational agents. In addition to their addictive nature, cannabinoids may cooperate with similar agents that have an addictive nature. The goal of the current research was to determine if THC could prevent the addictive nature of heroin. Researchers in this study looked at the impacts of a chronic therapy with THC on the locomotor reaction to amphetamine and diamorphine.
Chronic therapy with THC concluded intolerance to the preliminary hypothermic and anorexic impacts. This suggests that cannabinoids do in fact have some sort of an effect on the actions of heroin in the body. Treatment with THC was seen to stop rats wanting to consume their usual amounts of heroin or amphetamines.
The study puts forward a suggestion that continual medical cannabis application may promote the development of lesser consumption of heroin. Especially in vulnerable people. This means that THC could possibly be substituted in place of heroin to prevent the horrible negative health impacts of the substance.
The discovery in this current line of research shows that diamorphine and amphetamines are addictive substances in vulnerable individuals such as rats. This led scientists to devise a plan to help these individuals in the treatment of their addiction. THC was put forward as a possible substitute for this addiction. This is because THC also has an addictive nature. It is kind of like fighting fire with a less harmful fire. THC was then induced into lab rats. These rats were addicted to diamorphine in this experiment, at concentrative doses.
The results indicate that heroin and amphetamine addiction treatment can be assisted by THC. It was also found that vulnerable individuals were prone to develop addictive behaviours. This indicates that THC and heroin act on a common neurobiological network. The mechanisms between THC and effects of heroin in this network yet to be fully described.