New research from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicates that marijuana use may increase the likelihood of addiction to nicotine. Tobacco and cigarette use has historically been considered a pathway to marijuana use, but the new study shows that the reverse can also be true. Scientists exposed laboratory rats to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana and discovered that the rats were more attracted to nicotine than rats that had not been exposed to THC.
The experimental group was injected with THC twice daily for three days, while the control group was injected with a placebo not containing any form of the drug. The rats were then trained to work for intravenous injections of nicotine after one week. Researchers observed that rats exposed to THC were far more likely to self-administer the nicotine and tended to work harder to access the substance, suggested they placed a much higher value on it than the control group rats. This initial study, though inconclusive on the long term effects of THC, seems to indicate that marijuana use can increase the subsequent likelihood of nicotine dependence.
Experts have long considered cannibus a “gateway drug,” warning that the use of marijuana can increase the likelihood of substance abuse or the use of other drugs such as heroin, cocaine and synthetics. Though the political landscape surrounding marijuana seems to be changing, as with the recent legalization of medical marijuana in Colorado and Washington, there is still much debate over the long-term effects of the drug. Many experts also question the role of marijuana in the war on drugs and resulting drug violence.
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