Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Associated With Improved Pain Relief, Reduced Opioid Use

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According to data published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, the long-term use of cannabis on a daily basis improved analgesia and reduced opioid use in patients suffering from treatment-resistant chronic pain conditions. The Hebrew University in Israel study involved 176 patients who were unresponsive to conventional pain medications, and participants inhaled a THC-dominant cannabis strain daily for at least six months. About 66 percent of patients felt their pain symptom scores and their quality of life improved due to cannabis therapy. The patients' overall consumption of opioid drugs declined by 44 percent, and many participants completely discontinued their opioid therapy.

These results coincide with the results from a similar year-long Canadian study, in which patients experienced reduced pain and increased quality of life, as well as data suggesting medical marijuana laws in the United States have reduced opioid related abuse and fatal overdoses. This information has been provided by NORML and approved by our Chief Medical Officer. You can also see an abstract of the study here.