Stop Smoking Marijuana
Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have found clinical evidence that the drug gabapentin, currently on the market to treat neuropathic pain and epilepsy, helps people to stop smoking marijuana. Unlike traditional addiction treatments, gabapentin targets stress systems in the brain that are activated by drug withdrawal.
“A lot of other drugs have been tested for their ability to decrease cannabis use and withdrawal, but this is the first to show these key effects in a controlled treatment study,” said Barbara J. Mason, the Pearson Family Chair and Co-Director of the Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research at Scripps Research Institute. “The other nice thing about gabapentin is that it is already widely prescribed, so its safety is less likely to be an issue.”