Could Coffee Treat Cocaine Addiction?

First Posted: Nov 20, 2014 08:50 PM EST

Could coffee help ease the symptoms of cocaine addiction? Recent findings published in the Journal of Caffeine Research: The International Multidisciplinary Journal of Caffeine Science show that this stimulant could bring hope. In fact, some experts even believe that cocaine's ability to disrupt a woman's cycle may even explain the difference between the sexes' cocaine addiction. However new research shows that caffeine may be more helpful at easing the side-effects of cocaine, particularly in women. 

"This is cutting-edge work that has never been shown before. It is critical knowledge relevant to women's reproductive health," said Patricia A. Broderick, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Caffeine Research and Medical Professor in Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience, The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College of New York, The City University of New York, and Adjunct Professor in Neurology, New York University Langone Medical Center and Comprehensive Epilepsy Center, in a news release.

For the study, researchers said that caffeine works as a neuroprotective block against brain changes associated with drug use.

Researchers noted that they hope that these changes lead to new addiction treatments which could provide evidence that antagonists of the adenosine system with treatment against cocaine addiction.

More information regarding the findings can be seen via the article "Cocaine Shifts the Estrus Cycle Out of Phase and Caffeine Restores It."

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