Yet another study has determined patients prefer using medical cannabis to opioid medications. The study involved nearly 3,000 medical cannabis patients, of which nearly all responded they were able to reduce their opioid consumption after bringing cannabis into their dosing routine, and a vast majority also preferred using cannabis to their prescription pills. In the survey, HelloMD and the University of California Berkeley asked questions regarding cannabis as a substitute for opioid and non-opioid based pain medication. They found 97% of respondents agreed or agreed strongly that they could reduce opioid painkiller use through cannabis, while 92% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed cannabis effectively treated their condition and was the preferable means for symptom management. Additionally, 81% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that cannabis alone was more effective than using it in addition to opioids, with a similar response when asked about consuming cannabis with non-opioid medications.
Dr. Perry Soloman, chief medical officer for HelloMD, explains, “The latest publication from the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits… Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.”