Exercise can curb craving for drugs
A few sessions on the treadmill can curb craving for drugs like marijuana (cannabis).
Cannabis dependence is a significant public health problem. Because there are no approved medications for treating this condition, treatment must rely on behavioural approaches and lifestyle changes such as exercise. To examine the effects of moderate aerobic exercise on cannabis craving, researchers made 12 Americans attend 10 supervised 30 minutes treadmill exercise sessions for two weeks. The participants were aged around 25 years, 8 of them were females and all of them met the criteria for being 'cannabis-dependent' and did not want to undergo treatment.
Self-reported drug use was assessed for 1-week before, during, and 2-weeks after the study. Participants viewed visual cannabis cues before and after exercise in conjunction with assessment of subjective cannabis craving using a questionnaire. During the study, exercising on a treadmill for 10 half-hour sessions over a two-week period curbed their craving and their use of cannabis by more than 50 percent.
This study shows that exercise can reduce cannabis use in people who don't want to stop.
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