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Exercise Can Reduce Marijuana Use

Researchers at Vanderbilt University are examining people who use marijuana heavily to help understand what exercise does for the brain. It is hoped that the research will contribute to learning about exercise as a modality for prevention and treatment. This is the first study to show that exercise can reduce marijuana use in people who do not want to seek treatment for their addiction.

“There is no way currently to treat cannabis dependence with medication, so this is by considering the magnitude of the cannabis problem in the U.S. And this is the first time it has ever been demonstrated that exercise can reduce cannabis use in people who don’t want to stop,” said study author Peter Martin, M.D., director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Center.

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