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Addiction

11 March 2011

Exercise curbs marijuana use and cravings

Researchers are studying heavy users of marijuana to help understand what exercise does for the brain. So far they've found that running on a treadmill cuts cravings and daily use.

Vanderbilt researchers are studying heavy users of marijuana to help understand what exercise does for the brain, contributing to a field of research that uses exercise as a modality for prevention and treatment.

Participants saw a significant decrease in their cravings and daily use after just a few sessions of running on the treadmill, according to the study published in the journal PLoS ONE. It is the first study to demonstrate that exercise can reduce cannabis use in persons who don't want to stop.

During the study their craving for and use of cannabis was cut by more than 50% after exercising on a treadmill for 10 30-minute sessions, over a two-week period.

 

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