Study: Long-Term Cannabis Use Mitigates Pain, Reduces Opioid Use

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According to new clinical trial data published in The Clinical Journal of Pain, the daily and long-term use of cannabis improves analgesia and reduces opioid use in patients who suffer from treatment-resistant chronic pain. At the Hebrew University in Israel, researchers looked at a group of 176 chronic pain patients who had been unresponsive to conventional pharmaceutical medications. The subjects inhaled up to 20 grams of THC-dominant cannabis strains for a minimum of six months.

As a result of the study, the majority of participants, about 66%, experienced improved pain symptom scores after the use of cannabis therapy, and most participants reported improved quality of life. Overall, the subjects' consumption of opioid drugs declined by 44% by the end of the trial, along with a significant percentage of participants who discontinued their opioid therapy completely throughout the course of the study. Authors wrote, "In summary, this long-term prospective cohort suggests that cannabis treatment in a mixed group of patients with treatment-resistant chronic pain may result in improved pain, sleep and quality of life outcomes, as well as reduced opioid use."

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