New research conducted under Dr. Jason Busse investigates whether or not cannabis could be an effective pain reliever. In his research, Busse looked at 1,915 patients across 26 studies in an "attempt to provide preliminary findings, as part of a larger workshop on the role of medical cannabis in managing chronic pain." Clinicians evaluated a patient's pain symptoms on a 1-10 scale, and found for 12% of patients, cannabis reduced their pain by one point on the scale. Finding alternative pain medications at a time when the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions is essential, and Busse claims "there is some evidence that (medical cannabis) may be effective for some patients." Busse is also interested in whether or not cannabis can be added on as a therapy that allows people to come down from their opioid medications.
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