Marijuana has long been the cocaine user's best friend in easing the harsh comedown associated with a coke high.
But now, a new study on mice is showing that pot can also help with cocaine addiction on a more permanent basis.
Our own Toke Signals columnist Steve Elliott reports on a new study that shows yet another medical use for cannabis.
Cannabidiol (CBD), a medically useful component of marijuana that does not produce a "high," effectively turns down a receptor in the brain that is stimulated by cocaine, the study found.
Scientists used a synthetic version of cannabidiol, called JWH-133, to see how mice given regular doses of cocaine might respond. The found the mice dramatically reduced their intravenous cocaine intake--by up to 60 percent--after being given JWH-133.
The study was performed by researchers in China and in Maryland, and was published in this month's issue of the Nature Neuroscience magazine.
Elliott himself says he can attest to the addiction-calming effects of marijuana, as he says cannabis was instrumental in helping him kick his cocaine habit back in 2004.
The study is still in its early stages, and has only used mice so far. So before anyone starts doing cocaine thinking that a little pot will make kicking an addiction easy, they should wait until more concrete evidence is discovered.