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Cannabis Treatment

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❝ cannabis use can be a problem, often isn't ❞


Cannabis is the most commonly used social drug after alcohol. It is also used to alleviate symptoms of mental health and as an analgesic.

Some frequently asked questions about treatment for cannabis misuse...

#1 What is the best treatment for cannabis misuse?
Benchmark :: a meta-analysis of psychosocial treatments
This benchmark pulls together the best available studies of psychosocial treatments for cannabis misuse and pools the data from the findings - a meta-analysis. The poster summarises the effects of psychosocial treatments. This analysis does not distinguish different reasons for use which may be an important mediator of outcome. Outcomes are quite modest.


To date there have been no convincing studies to support pharmacotherapies for cannabis detoxification or relapse prevention. Lithium, antipsychotics, naltrexone and benzodiazepines have been reported but we are not aware of any RCTs evaluating the use of these drugs. In the absence of good evidence it is reasonable to opt for symptomatic medication to support psychosocial interventions.