New studies have shown that the drug Methyllycaconitine has displayed a significant ability to prevent psychological addiction to Marijuana. With large numbers of patients currently undergoing treatment for cannabis addiction this could be a major breakthrough for treatment providers.
In the past twelve months, over 180,000 teenagers in the United Kingdom were in a structured drug treatment program for an addiction to marijuana. These staggering numbers are echoed in the United States and Australia, but new studies into the chemical process involving cannabis addiction may pave the way for recovery.
While physical addiction to marijuana is quite low, the psychological addiction can be significant due to the effect that marijuana has on the brain. When taken, marijuana manipulates the body's reward system and, once activated, produces physical and mental satisfaction. Addiction occurs when people attempt to continuously reproduce this feeling and maintain a constant and high level of use. The National Institute of Drug Abuse in America has discovered a way to halt this reward process with the use of the nicotinic receptor, methyllycaconitine (MLA).
When ingested, MLA prevents marijuana's main constituent, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) from activating the reward system that leads to addiction. The discovery of MLA’s effectiveness at reducing marijuana's psychotropic consequences is a huge breakthrough in the development of a new and lasting cure. Thanks to MLA, addicts are less likely to desire marijuana again and may be able to break the chain of use and abuse.
For addiction treatment to be effective, there are several important steps to be taken along the road to recovery. The addict must change their usual routine and remove all reminders of marijuana use from their home. Staying away from other users and cutting down on stressful situations will help avoid the temptation to use again, while taking up a new activity can provide distraction and outside fulfilment. Most importantly, addicts should seek support from friends, relatives or fellow recovery patients. There are many group meetings that deal with marijuana addiction, with one-on-one cognitive therapy treatment also proving effective.