Topics in Harm Reduction: Cannabis Substitution- Marijuana Maintenance as Addiction Treatment

Our guest is Amanda Reiman, Ph. D. MSW of the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare who will be discussing her research into the use of medical marijuana for the treatment of addiction to alcohol and other drugs. Cannabis substitution is a harm reduction strategy which has proven highly successful with many individuals who have had severe problems with alcohol or other drugs. In particular, people who have dangerous withdrawals or episodes of violence when they drink alcohol can benefit from cannabis substitution, as can pain patients who wish to avoid physical dependence on opioid painkillers or people who have had problems with any illicit drug.

This is the first episode in the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center’s new videoconferencing series “Topics in Harm Reduction.” Dr. Reiman also works as California Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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