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Old 04-24-2012, 07:45 AM
 
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In a 12-week trial of 50 treatment-seeking cannabis users, those who took gabapentin used less cannabis, experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms such as sleeplessness, and scored higher on tests of attention, impulse-control, and other cognitive skills, compared to patients who received a placebo. If these results are confirmed by ongoing larger trials, gabapentin could become the first FDA-approved pharmaceutical treatment for cannabis dependence.


“A lot of other drugs have been tested for their ability to decrease cannabis use and withdrawal, but this is the first to show these key effects in a controlled treatment study,” said Barbara J. Mason, the Pearson Family Chair and Co-Director of the Pearson Center for Alcoholism and Addiction Research at Scripps Research. “The other nice thing about gabapentin is that it is already widely prescribed, so its safety is less likely to be an issue.
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Old 04-24-2012, 08:52 AM
 
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When I take gaba I get really irritable. To the point that Mrs. Tek asked to stop. I now take Lyrica (for a month as a test) and so far I'm not so irritable. I hurt more so it sucks for the pain, but at least I'm not flying off the handle for no reason.

I didn't know you could become addicted to marijuana...
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Texas State Fair
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In a 12-week trial of 50 treatment-seeking cannabis users, those who took gabapentin used less cannabis, experienced fewer withdrawal symptoms such as sleeplessness, and scored higher on tests of attention, impulse-control, and other cognitive skills, compared to patients who received a placebo. If these results are confirmed by ongoing larger trials, gabapentin could become the first FDA-approved pharmaceutical treatment for cannabis dependence.
I've stopped smoking pot several times whether for money, source, work or other reason. I've never had a withdrawal problem or a sleepless night. Though withdrawal is a great stimulus to cleaning house, leaving no stone unturned. When smoking I did make much better grades at university which I attribute to either pot or ephedrine, or combination of both.

I did however, disassociate from some family members due to smoking, but that's more their problem than mine.

Somebody is taking a source of research funding for a ride, and whomever may subscribe to that crap.
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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When I smoke, thats pretty much the only time i clean house
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:30 AM
 
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I tried it once but I didn't like having the giggles. If there was a little crack in the wall, I thought it was hilarious. I hated having no control.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:32 AM
 
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I didn't know you could become addicted to marijuana...
It's a psychological addiction, as far as the physical effects they are listing here never heard of it myself but I guess if you were heavy user removal any chemical your body is used to is going to have some kind of effect. They would only be temporary, I've never heard of a physical addiction to pot.

Having said that everyone is different as far as drugs are concerned. I had a girlfriend that could start and stop smoking cigarettes nearly at will, drove me nuts because I've been trying to quit for 20 years. Seemed there was no effect on her when she wasn't smoking.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:55 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Somebody is taking a source of research funding for a ride, and whomever may subscribe to that crap.
^^This
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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When I take gaba I get really irritable. To the point that Mrs. Tek asked to stop. I now take Lyrica (for a month as a test) and so far I'm not so irritable. I hurt more so it sucks for the pain, but at least I'm not flying off the handle for no reason.

I didn't know you could become addicted to marijuana...

You can't be addicted. That's a bunch of crock.
If marijuana is addictive, it MUST be a gateway drug too, right? Get out of town.
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Old 04-24-2012, 11:15 AM
 
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I'm addicted.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Gabapentin? That's the generic name of Neurontin. I was prescribed that which was gradually increased to 1800 mg/day to supposedly act as a block to help soothe nerve pain. There are a number of applications for the med. For me, it never helped me and wasn't exactly cheap, so it was discontinued. When discontinuing Neurontin (gabapentin), you're suppose to gradually reduce it over a period of a week or two, maybe depending on the dosage you're taking. There can be some pretty nasty side effects to it. That doesn't mean everyone experiences any serious or lethal side effects, but it should still be used with caution. The article said the 12-week trial involved 50 people at does of 1200 mg/day. A larger trial was expected, along with a trial of some unspecified "novel drug". I don't know, but it seems like a weird suggestion to discontinue a marijuana habit.

Neurontin (Gabapentin) Drug Information: Description, User Reviews, Drug Side Effects, Interactions - Prescribing Information at RxList

Neurontin (Gabapentin) Drug Overview of Side Effects and Precautions for Patients and Caregivers at RxList

Gabapentin (Oral Route): Side effects - MayoClinic.com
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