Cannabis as a Gateway Drug for Opioid Use Disorder

  title={Cannabis as a Gateway Drug for Opioid Use Disorder},
  author={Arthur Robin Williams},
  journal={The Journal of Law, Medicine \& Ethics},
  pages={268 - 274}
  • A. Williams
  • Published 1 June 2020
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
Cannabis use in some individuals can meaningfully introduce de novo risk for the initiation of opioid use and development of opioid use disorder. These risks may be particularly high during adolescence when cannabis use may disrupt critical periods of neurodevelopment. Current research studying the combination of genetic and environmental factors involved in substance use disorders is poorly understood. More research is needed, particularly to identify which adolescents are most at risk and to… 
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