Mixing Cannabis And Tobacco May Increase Your Risk Of Addiction
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Mixing Cannabis And Tobacco May Increase Your Risk Of Addiction

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We all knew that tobacco was addictive on its own, but new research suggests its use could also be a contributor to cannabis dependence.

According to new research, adding a little tobacco into your joint could increase the risk of addiction.

We all knew that tobacco was addictive on its own, but new research suggests its use could also be a contributor to cannabis dependence.

Do you mix cannabis with your tobacco to save money or increase inhalation? Do you enjoy the distinct “stone” you get from smoking the two substances together? If you do, you may be increasing your risk of addiction.

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A new study by UK researchers suggests that cannabis users who mix tobacco with their green (a common practice in Europe) may be more likely to demonstrate addictive behaviour. The findings of the survey were published in Frontiers of Psychiatry in July 2016.

The study, lead by Chandni Hindocha from the clinical psychopharmacology unit of University College London, analysed cannabis consumption methods across 18 countries.

Participants were asked to partake in a cross-sectional online survey and respond to questions about their cannabis/tobacco use, including:

• Preferred form of using cannabis

Frequency of use

• Motivation to quit using both cannabis and tobacco

The survey gathered 33,687 responses from people around the world who have used cannabis at least once in the last 12 months.

It is the first study to assess methods of cannabis use on a global scale, and found that 65.6% of all respondents mixed cannabis with tobacco. Of those respondents, over 90% were European.

The study also aimed to analyze how different methods of cannabis use affect an individual’s motivation to use less marijuana or tobacco in the future.

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Participants who used tobacco and cannabis separately were 80.6% more likely to want professional help to use less tobacco, and 103.9% more likely to be actively planning to seek that help.

These users were also 61.5% more likely to want professional help to use less cannabis. However, the fact that they didn’t mix tobacco and cannabis had no significant effect on their motivation to actively seek professional help.

This study adds to a limited body of research exploring the relationship with mixed cannabis/tobacco use and the risk of addiction.

A 2014 study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health documented the prevalence of different methods of cannabis delivery and how those methods related to problematic drug use.

Over 1,700 cannabis users were asked to answer questions concerning their drug use, including their preferred routes of administration (ROAs), whether they used other illicit drugs, and more.

It found that participants who didn’t mix cannabis with tobacco were at a lower risk of developing problematic drug use. It also showed that different ROAs, especially the use of water pipes, can be associated with heavier use.

Another study, published in 2009, produced similar results.

Based off information from the 2001-2002 US National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions, this study aimed to examine whether cannabis use and dependence were associated with the use of smoked/smokeless tobacco.

It found that tobacco smoking was associated with a fourfold increased risk of cannabis abuse/dependence. It was also associated with a threefold increased chance of non-problematic cannabis use.

The argument that cannabis is addictive has long been at the heart of prohibition. However, there is a solid body of research suggesting otherwise.

In 1994, epidemiologist James Anthony and a variety of colleagues surveyed over 8,000 people between the ages of 15 and 64 about their use of marijuana and other drugs. The results were published that same year in the Comparative Epidemiology of Dependence on Tobacco, Alcohol, Controlled Substances, and Inhalants.

The survey found that only 9% of participants who had used cannabis at least once fit a diagnosis of cannabis dependence. For alcohol, that figure was 15%, for cocaine 17%, for heroin 23%; and for nicotine 32%.

While there is always room for more investigation, new research raises serious concerns about mixed cannabis/tobacco use. Whatever your reason for mixing weed with tobacco, it might be time to look to purer forms of enjoying your herb.

For the full study published in Frontiers in Psychiatry, click here. For more up-to-date information about cannabis, visit our blog.



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