Combining Marijuana and Tobacco Use
Marijuana users who also smoke tobacco tend to be more addicted, have greater psychosocial problems, and have poorer cessation outcomes.
A recent article by the Society for the Study of Addiction raised three important unanswered questions:
1) How and why do people use cannabis and tobacco together?
2) What are the psychological and pharmacological effects of combining these two drugs?
3) How do these factors contribute to addiction and other adverse outcomes?
The article reports on a global study of tobacco and cannabis use. Results suggest that European countries have the largest populations which uses cannabis with tobacco (77%-91%).
Needs in the areas of research, clinical practice, behavioral intervention and public policy were briefly discussed.
While the combining of marijuana and tobacco appears to be less likely in Canada (16%) and particularly the US (4%), epidemiologic studies should track changing trends in the concurrent use of both substances among various populations.
I also recommend that future prevention, education and treatment programs and campaigns throughout the world address the natural links between marijuana and tobacco to increase their potential reach and efficacy.
Read the entire article here: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/commentary/cannabis-addiction-dont-forget-about-tobacco
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