Mixing Tobacco With Marijuana Makes It Harder To Quit

A U.K. study reveals that herbalists who mix tobacco with their marijuana are more likely to become dependent. While cannabis is known to be less addictive than tobacco, the habitual mixture of the two may make it harder for herbalists to quit smoking. 

 “Cannabis is less addictive than tobacco, but we show here that mixing tobacco with cannabis lowers the motivation to quit using these drugs," said Chandni Hindocha, a doctoral student at the clinical psychopharmacology unit of University College London. A study was conducted on 33,687 cannabis users from 18 different countries and submitted to the 2014 Global Drug Survey. The results of the study showed that herbalists who smoke without adding tobacco had a higher motivation to quit smoking and more likely to seek professional help in order to kick the habit. 

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Those who were against using tobacco were 61.5% more likely to want professional help to quit smoking and 103.9% more likely to be actively planning to seek help to use less tobacco.  Though there were no published statistics, the study shows that regularly mix tobacco with cannabis are more at risk of psychological dependence. 

The study also showed that herbalists who regularly mix tobacco with their cannabis are more likely to be found in Europe. Depending on the country, between 77.2% and 90.9% of European herbalists used tobacco with their cannabis. Mixing tobacco with marijuana was found to be least popular in the Americas, with only 4.4% of U.S. herbalists using tobacco. About 93.4% of those who use tobacco prefer to use rolling papers as compared to other smoking methods.

In conclusion, Michael T Lynskey, professor of addictions at King’s College London, stated, “Given a changing legislative environment surrounding access to cannabis in many jurisdictions, increased research focus should be given to reducing the use of routes of administration that involve the co-administration of tobacco.”