Cannabis might still be illegal in the UK but new research has found that the leafy substance might not be the vilified ‘gateway drug’ it’s widely thought to be.
In fact in might be the key to discouraging users from progressing to ‘harder’ drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy – claim scientists at the University of New Mexico.
The five-year-long study involved 125 participants – all of whom were suffering from chronic pain.
83 were taking cannabis as a prescriptive pain mediator – whereas 42 chose to abstain.
They found that 34 per cent of the cannabis users stopped taking their medication – in comparison to just two per cent of the non-smokers – with 98 per cent continuing to take their prescribed drugs.