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By now, it is no secret that cannabis has a plethora of benefits. While some have not been investigated - and could possibly be incorrect - one particular purpose for cannabis has overwhelming professional support, indicates CBC News.

Addiction experts firmly believe that cannabis can be the magic bullet we need to help those addicted to harger drugs. In the midst of an opioid crisis, such a solution would be well-received.

Unfortunately, access is an issue for some people, such as those in parts of Vancouver, where the cannabis shops are spread unrealistically thin. Meanwhile, other health agencies might not be up to speed or onboard with using cannabis to treat addiction.

Regardless, cannabis has huge potential for giving drug addicts a chance to make themselves better.

Prior to the rollout of cannabis shops, provinces set up rules about where these businesses could be located. In Vancouver’s case, the created “exclusion zone” in the Downtown Eastside region, greatly limits cannabis dispensaries compared to other locations.

Because of this, individuals looking to purchase cannabis will likely just continue dealing with the black market, since it could be a logistical nightmare to make the trip to a dispensary.

Vancouver created the ‘Exclusion Zone’ in 2015 to “keep vulnerable drug users safer.”

But Dr. Keith Ahamad, a clinical researcher with the British Columbia Centres on Substance Use, says, “the exclusion zone is based on politics and make no sense from a public health point of view. Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has the highest rate of overdoses in Canada.”

Ahamad argues that cannabis is infinitely less harmful then the street drugs responsible for so many addiction cases and deaths, such as fentanyl.

Experts claim that cannabis can be helpful for preventive and treatment purposes, CBC News says.

Dr. Michael John Milloy, a research scientist with the B.C. Centres on Substance Use, says, “pot use can help drug users stay healthier because it can help them sleep. Data also shows it can help them detox and transition to less harmful drugs. His research shows daily pot users are less likely to inject, overdose or quit methadone treatment.”

Source: https://weedadvisor.com/2019/04/29/addiction-specialists-advocate-for-easier-access-to-legal-cannabis/

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