Natural ‘high’ could avoid chronic marijuana use

Chronic use of marijuana down-regulates , and thus paradoxically increases anxiety. This can lead to a “vicious cycle” of increasing marijuana use that in some cases leads to addiction.

This reminds me of what “experts” say about rebound pain when taking opioids.  I wonder if the experts ever considered that what they describe as the “down-regulating of cannabinoid receptors” might actually be the endocannabinoid system re-balancing itself in those that suffer from anxiety and depression.  And anxiety can be generated by just about anything, so blaming it on the chronic use of marijuana doesn’t seem very scientific.

As for those who become addicted to marijuana — I say, so what.  Cannabis users aren’t violent and are a lot safer to be around than, say, those addicted to alcohol or meth.  I say, chronic use of the chronic is not a medical condition, it’s not an addiction, it’s just… a way of life.

As soon as cannabis is legalized, the addiction industry will no longer be able to depend on a steady stream of customers from the criminal injustice system, so they need to find new customers…

See, the real purpose of this article is the announcement of Big Pharma drugs to treat “mood and anxiety disorders” in development: “Clinical trials of some of these potential drugs could begin in the next several years.”

Oh, Big Pharma will try and try, but they will never come close to creating the entourage effect that Mother Nature did in the cannabis plant.  Funny, science trying to catch up with Mother Nature…

Serotonin makes some people more susceptible to drug dependence than others

Sarah’s results suggest that pharmacotherapies that increase serotonin levels could be investigated as a way of preventing drug addiction.

And now the medical industry wants to prevent drug addiction with… more drugs.

Sarah’s research suggests that once drug use escalates and becomes frequent, the anti-addiction effect of serotonin is decreased. “Another brain chemical, dopamine, seems to be the critical determinant of drug addiction during this phase,” she says.

There is a wealth of research associating dopamine with drug addiction. Until recently, drug addiction research has focused on this chemical, which helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centres.

Blaming dopamine for addiction doesn’t seem to be working… what else you got?