Feb 17 2010
The NY Times had a really informative article about how scientists have revealed that anti-anxiety drugs like Xanax and Valium can be as addictive as Heroin and Cannabis. I didn’t know weed was addictive, but shoot, didn’t we ALL know that anti-anxiety drugs were? Celebrity Rehab & Intervention have been around long enough to teach us that…
According to the Daily Mail, Valium and Xanax, well-known medications in the benzodiazepine class of drugs, boost the action of a neurotransmitter in the brain, which activates the gratification hormone known as dopamine. This is the same “reward pathway” that illegal drugs, such as heroin and cannabis, activate.
Researchers in Switzerland and here in the U.S. say their findings could help scientists develop a new generation of anti-anxiety drugs that would not be addictive. The hope is to come up with similar drugs that bind to a different part of the brain and offer the calming benefit of Valium, but without the addictive side effects.
[via NY Times]
All I can say is, good luck with that. Most things that make you feel good are obviously addictive. I’m with the lady in the picture.
I don’t really see creating anti-anxiety drugs that are non-addictive ever happening, but for them to say cannabis is addictive… I don’t think so. Maybe I will just have to research into that myself. I’ll let you guys know…
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