New Study Finds Cannabis Helps Reduce Tobacco, Alcohol and Opioid Use

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A new study published in the International Journal of Drug Policy has found marijuana reduces the use of tobacco, alcohol, and prescription drugs, something that could have a large impact on the fight against addiction and the opioid epidemic. Researchers surveyed 271 registered medical marijuana patients and found 25% of people successfully stopped consuming alcohol, and 12% substituted marijuana for tobacco. More strikingly, the study found 63% of participants substituted cannabis for their prescription drugs. Specifically, 30% of patients used cannabis to replace their opioids, 16% used it to swap out benzodiazepines, and 12% used in in place of their antidepressants. The survey contained 107 questions about demographics and drug use patterns. The results support other findings pertaining to cannabis and addiction.

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