The studies suggesting marijuana reduces opioid use are piling up, and now we can add another study to the list. Researchers from Bastyr University surveyed 2,774 adults from 50 states and 42 countries who used cannabis at least once in 90 days. Of the respondents, only 59% were medical marijuana users. Of those, 46% used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. Researchers found, As the researchers wrote, “The most common classes of drugs substituted were narcotics/opioids (35.8%), anxiolytics/benzodiazepines (13.6%) and antidepressants (12.7%)... These patient-reported outcomes support prior research that individuals are using cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, particularly, narcotics/opioids, and independent of whether they identify themselves as medical or non-medical users... This is especially true if they suffer from pain, anxiety and depression.”
This study has been published in the Journal of Pain Research. Read more about it on High Times. This post has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.