Cannabis is a "Schedule I" drug according to the Controlled Substances Act, defined by the Feds as having no medicinal value. Opiates are medically accepted "Schedule II" drugs. Unfortunately, the medically accepted drugs commonly leave users with addictions.

Ironically, it's cannabis that's coming to the rescue of those addicted to legal opioids, such as codeine and oxycodone. In a new study published online in The American Journal on Addictions that was administered at the Farber Institute for Neurosciences at Philadelphia's Thomas Jefferson University, researchers examined 91 opioid addicts currently in methadone treatment and found cannabis users in the test group had "significantly less daily expenditure on acquisition of opiates."

Researchers hypothesize that weed lessens the severest symptoms of kicking opiates (according to the accepted standards of the Clinical Opiate Withdrawal Scale), which include streaming sweat, inability to sit still for more than a few seconds, aching and twitching muscles, recurrent vomiting and/or diarrhea.

The clinical investigators suggested "novel interventions" -- i.e., marijuana use by addicts -- potentially be applied "during treatment for opiate dependence that specifically target cannabinoid-opioid system interactions."