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With medical cannabis’ underdog status, information is often gathered through surveys. The December survey included the analysis of 525 of the 1,181 responses – 656 respondents either did not use opiates to treat their pain for three months or did not use cannabis and opiates together.
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“Our results show a remarkable percentage of patients who report both a complete cessation of opioids and a reduction in opioid use through the addition of medicinal cannabis. The results last for over a year for the majority. We believe that these effects are due to the reported synergistic decrease in pain seen with the addition of cannabis to opioids, ”the study authors write.
“As a result, the majority were likely to say that they would not want to have opioids in the future, especially in the younger age group. Other benefits of medical cannabis included improved functioning and quality of life, especially for the younger age group, ”they added.
The results contribute to a growing body of research. For example, a 2019 study published in the Journal of Painfound found that cannabis use in patients with chronic pain was associated with 64 percent lower opioid use. The researchers also found that cannabis was less likely to have adverse effects and that marijuana was correlated with a higher quality of life.
Other research from 2017 found that 97 percent of 2,897 medical patients surveyed agreed or strongly agreed that cannabis use helped them reduce their opiate use.