Cannabis users curb their habit with online program

AN ONLINE drug cessation program developed in Australia has been found effective in helping heavy cannabis users to cut down their use of the drug.

Outcomes were compared for around 140 cannabis users who completed online either the Reduce Your Use program or a sham equivalent over three months.

“Those in the control group studied topics such as ‘cannabis and the law’ and ‘cannabis and driving’ which may not really spur you on to quit,” said Dr Sally Rooke (PhD), from the National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre (NCPIC), a federal health department funded initiative based in Sydney.

“Both groups significantly reduced their cannabis frequency and the quantity [used] but overall the findings were better for the experimental group.

“We had about twice as much abstinence in the experimental group compared to the controls.”

Cannabis use dropped from an average of 20