Study Links Cannabis to Reduced Opioid Use in Patients With Chronic Pain
The belief that cannabis could be a cure for America’s opioid epidemic is getting another boost from a study conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia, Canada’s McGill University, and the University of California, Los Angeles.
The researchers analyzed drug use patterns among 1,152 individuals who reported serious or persistent pain between 2014 and 2017. The authors concluded “daily cannabis use was significantly and negatively associated with daily illicit opioid use.”
In fact, the authors “found that the odds of daily illicit opioid use were lower (by about half) among those who reported daily cannabis use compared to those who reported no cannabis use. However, we observed no significant association between occasional cannabis use and daily opioid use, suggesting that there may be an intentional therapeutic element associated with frequent cannabis use.”
Read more about the study at Marijuana Moment.