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Research is showing using cannabis to taper off other hard drugs that you are physically addicted to is definitely a good idea and can be effective. To take your mind off your desire to use the drug and can even take the edge off the withdrawals.

During the temperance movement of the 1890's, marijuana was commonly recommended as a substitute for alcohol.

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1889 - Study - The Use of Indian Hemp in the Treatment of Chronic Chloral and Chronic Opium Poisoning.

1970 - Study ~ Cannabis substitution. An adjunctive therapeutic tool in the treatment of alcoholism.

1975 - Study ~ Morphine-dependent rats: blockade of precipitated abstinence by tetrahydrocannabinol.

1975 - Study ~ Differential effect of cannabinol and cannabidiol on THC-induced responses during abstinence in morphine-dependent rats

1976 - Study ~ Effect of some cannabinoids on naloxone-precipitated abstinence in morphine-dependent mice.

1976 - Study ~ Inhibition of naloxone-induced withdrawal in morphine dependent mice by 1-trans-delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

1978 - Study ~ Time course of the effects of naturally occurring cannabinoids on morphine abstinence syndrome.

1985 - Study ~ The quasi-morphine withdrawal syndrome: effect of cannabinol, cannabidiol and tetrahydrocannabinol.

1998 - Study ~ Marijuana use and treatment outcome among opioid-dependent patients.

1999 - Study ~ Therapeutic use of cannabis by crack addicts in Brazil.

2001 - News ~ Go clean with spliffs.

2002 - Study ~ Crack heads and roots daughters: The therapeutic use of cannabis in Jamaica (cocaine).

2003 - Study ~ Does Cannabis Use Predict Poor Outcome for Heroin-Dependent Patients on Maintenance Treatment? A Review of Past Findings, and More Evidence Against.

2003 - Study ~ Modulation of oral morphine antinociceptive tolerance and naloxone-precipitated withdrawal signs by oral Delta 9-tetrahydrocannabinol.

2003 - Study ~ Cannabis as a Substitute for Alcohol.

2003 - Study ~ Does Cannabis Use Predict Poor Outcome for Heroin-dependent Patients on Maintenance Treatment? Past Findings and More Evidence Against.

2004 - Study ~ Cannabis Abuse is Not a Risk Factor for Treatment Outcome in Methadone Maintenance Treatment: a 1-year Prospective Study in an Israeli Clinic.

2004 - Study ~ Delta9-tetrahydrocannabinol decreases somatic and motivational manifestations of nicotine withdrawal in mice.

2005 - Study ~ Comparison of Cannabidiol, Antioxidants, and Diuretics in Reversing Binge Ethanol-Induced Neurotoxicity.

2005 - News ~ Role of cannabinoid receptors in alcohol abuse.

2007 - Study ~ Subchronic cannabinoid agonist (WIN 55,212-2) treatment during cocaine abstinence alters subsequent cocaine seeking behavior.

2007 - Study ~ Chronologically overlapping occurrences of nicotine-induced anxiety- and depression-related behavioral symptoms: effects of anxiolytic and cannabinoid drugs.

2007 - Study ~ Modulation of the endocannabinoid system: therapeutic potential against cocaine dependence.

2008 - Study ~ Inhibition of anandamide hydrolysis by URB597 reverses abuse-related behavioral and neurochemical effects of nicotine in rats.

2008 - News ~ Curing Addiction With Cannabis Medicines?

2008 - News ~ Cannabis-based Drugs can help you quit Smoking.

2009 - Study ~ Cannabidiol, a Nonpsychotropic Component of Cannabis, Inhibits Cue-Induced Heroin Seeking and Normalizes Discrete Mesolimbic Neuronal Disturbances.

2009 - Study ~ Intermittent marijuana use is associated with improved retention in naltrexone treatment for opiate-dependence.

2009 - Study ~ Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs.

2009 - Study ~ Effects of the cannabinoid CB1 receptor antagonist AM 251 on the reinstatement of nicotine-conditioned place preference by drug priming in rats.

2009 - Study ~ Interaction of the cannabinoid and opioid systems in the modulation of nociception.

2009 - News ~ Medical Marijuana and Tobacco Dependence.

2009 - News ~ Medical Marijuana and Opiate Dependence.

2009 - News ~ Is Cannabis the Answer to Booze Britain's Problems?

2009 - News ~ Medical Marijuana and Cocaine Dependence.

2009 - News ~ Cannabis as a substitute for heavy alcohol usage?

2010 - Study ~ Medical marijuana users in substance abuse treatment.

2010 - Study ~ Attenuation of morphine antinociceptive tolerance by a CB(1) receptor agonist and an NMDA receptor antagonist: Interactive effects.

2010 - News ~ Oaklanders Quitting Oxycontin with Cannabis.

2010 - News ~ Marijuana To Control Alcohol Abuse.

2010 - News ~ Marijuana could be an “exit drug”.

2010 - News ~ Study shows direct cellular interaction between endocannabinoids and alcohol in the brain.

2011 - Study ~ Endocannabinoid regulation of acute and protracted nicotine withdrawal: effect of FAAH inhibition.

2011 - Study ~ Brain cannabinoid CB2 receptors modulate cocaine's actions in mice.

2011 - Study ~ The anandamide transport inhibitor AM404 reduces the rewarding effects of nicotine and nicotine-induced dopamine elevations in the nucleus accumbens shell in rats.

2011 - Study ~ Pharmacological activation/inhibition of the cannabinoid system affects alcohol withdrawal-induced neuronal hypersensitivity to excitotoxic insults.

2011 - Study ~ The anandamide transport inhibitor AM404 reduces the rewarding effects of nicotine and nicotine-induced dopamine elevations in the nucleus accumbens shell in rats.

2011 - News ~ Study: Marijuana compound helps mitigate cocaine addiction in mice.

2011 - News ~ Stimulation Of Marijuana Receptor Reduces Cocaine Consumption, Study Says.

2011 - News ~ Why Medical Marijuana Laws Reduce Traffic Deaths.

2011 - News ~ Medical marijuana turns former soldier's life around.

2011 - News ~ Can marijuana curb cocaine addiction?

2012 - Study ~ Cannabidiol inhibits the reward-facilitating effect of morphine: involvement of 5-HT(1A) receptors in the dorsal raphe nucleus.

2012 - Study ~ Nicotine-induced anxiety-like behavior in a rat model of the novelty-seeking phenotype is associated with long-lasting neuropeptidergic and neuroplastic adaptations in the
amygdala: Effects of the cannabinoid receptor 1 antagonist AM251.

2013 - Study ~ Dual Inhibition of Endocannabinoid Catabolic Enzymes Produces Enhanced Anti-
Withdrawal Effects in Morphine-Dependent Mice.

2013 - Study ~ AM404 attenuates reinstatement of nicotine seeking induced by nicotine-associated cues and nicotine priming but does not affect nicotine- and food-taking.

2013 - Study ~ Endocannabinoid system and drug addiction: new insights from mutant mice approaches.

2013 - Study ~ Lipids and addiction: how sex steroids, prostaglandins, and cannabinoids interact with drugs of abuse.

2013 - Study ~ Cannabinoid and opioid interactions: implications for opiate dependence and withdrawal.

2013 - StudyCannabidiol reduces cigarette consumption in tobacco smokers: Preliminary findings.

2013 - Study ~ Impact of Cannabis Use during Stabilization on Methadone Maintenance Treatment.

2013 - Study ~ Dual inhibition of endocannabinoid catabolic enzymes produces enhanced antiwithdrawal effects in morphine-dependent mice.

2013 - Study ~ Cannabis as a substitute for alcohol and other drugs: A dispensary-based survey of substitution effect in Canadian medical cannabis patients

2013 - News ~ Secret “Sober” Pot Smokers

2013 - News ~ Colombia’s controversial cure for coke addicts: Give them marijuana

2013 - News ~ Man gets off painkillers with marijuana

2013 - News ~ Can Marijuana Help You Quit Cigarettes? Study Says Yes

2014 - Study ~ Can Cannabis be Considered a Substitute Medication for Alcohol?

2014 - Study ~ The effect of AM281, a cannabinoid antagonist, on memory performance during
spontaneous morphine withdrawal in mice