An experimental drug which can help beat cannabis withdrawal symptoms that make it hard for heavy users to quit could be in increasing demand as the legalisation movement gains pace, scientists have said.
Yale University researchers have found the treatment helped reduce withdrawal symptoms, like sleep disruption, anxiety, and irritability – and reduced their cannabis use more than subjects given a placebo.
The treatment works by preventing the breakdown of a chemical called anandamide, one of the cannabis-like endocannabinoids naturally occurring in the body that act on the same brain receptors as cannabis.
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