Nabiximols als substituut voor cannabis?

Glenn J.H. Dumont

Cannabisafhankelijkheid is wereldwijd een van de meest voorkomende verslavingen, zonder effectieve medicamenteuze behandelingen. Mogelijk is nabiximols als substitutietherapie bruikbaar bij de behandeling van pati√ęnten met een stoornis in het gebruik van cannabis. Hoe effectief is dit middel?

Nabiximols as a substitute for cannabis

Cannabis addiction is worldwide one of the most prevalent addictions, without any effective pharmacotherapeutic options. Nabiximols spray, consisting of 2.7 mg tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and 2.5 mg cannabidiol (CBD), could serve as an effective substitution therapy for cannabis addiction. Researchers reported that patients who were treated for 12 weeks with nabiximols significantly reduced the number of days on which they used cannabis (18.6 days less compared to placebo users; 95% CI: 3.5-33.7). There was no difference between groups regarding general health, the use of other substances, cannabis craving, withdrawal symptoms or achieving abstinence.

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