Exercise can curb craving for drugs

March 11th, 2011 - 3:14 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 11 (IANS) A few sessions on the treadmill can curb craving for drugs like marijuana, says a new study.

In a research by the Vanderbilt University Medical Centre, a group of males and females was selected because they met the criteria for being ‘cannabis-dependent’ and did not want treatment to help them stop smoking pot, the journal Public Library of Science ONE reports.

During the study, exercising on a treadmill for 10 half-hour sessions over a two-week period curbed their craving for and use of cannabis by more than 50 percent, according to a Vanderbilt statement.

“There is no way currently to treat cannabis dependence with medication, so this is big considering the magnitude of the cannabis problem in the US,” said study co-author Peter Martin, director of the Vanderbilt Addiction Centre.

“And this is the first time it has ever been demonstrated that exercise can reduce cannabis use in people who don’t want to stop,” added Martin.

In 2009, some 16.7 million Americans above the age of 12 reported cannabis use in the previous month and 6.1 million used the drug on 20 or more days per month, the authors wrote.

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