Texas: Survey discovered that 61 p.c of self-identified medical hashish customers say they exchange pharmaceuticals with them

Over 60 percent of patients in Texas who identify themselves as medical marijuana users say they used it as a substitute for prescription drugs. This is based on survey data compiled by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Almost 2,900 people took part in the survey. Sixty-one percent said they had “replaced” prescription opioids and / or benzodiazepines with medical cannabis – a finding that is consistent with several other studies.

Also in line with other studies, the majority of respondents indicated that they used cannabis primarily for pain relief. Among respondents who were veterans, just over half said they used cannabis to treat symptoms of post-traumatic stress. Overall, four out of ten respondents said that cannabis use “improved their quality of life”.

A summary of the survey results can be found on InformedTexas.org. Contact Texas NORML for more information. Texas NORML’s Executive Director will discuss the survey results in a live webinar on Monday, April 12th.

For more information, see the NORML fact sheet “Relationship Between Marijuana and Opioids”.

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