Two Thirds Of Pain Patients In A New Study Used Cannabis To Get Off Opioids

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Photo Credit: Civilized

According to a new survey of 400 patients and 500 pharmacists conducted by Aclara Research, two thirds of pain patients successfully weened off of opioids with the help of cannabis. Of those polled, 67% ceased use of opioids once enrolled in state regulated medical cannabis programs, and 29% able to reduce their use of opioids with cannabis, leaving only 4% with opioid use unaffected by cannabis access. Additionally, 30% of patients stopped using all prescription medications with the use of medical cannabis. Of the pharmacists polled, 87% supported legalized medical marijuana access, and 69% pharmacists should dispense the medication and provide guidance for its use. With the current situation, only 15% of patients discussed cannabis with their pharmacists, with 40% of users learning about the medication online. This survey supports findings from previous studies, and further illustrates how medical cannabis could be a powerful player in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is gripping the nation.

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Why Pharmacists Believe They're The Most Qualified To Dispense Medical Marijuana

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Photo Credit: Civilized

As medical marijuana legalization spreads, important questions come up regarding regulation and access. Most of the time, access to medical marijuana is made possible through marijuana dispensaries, which are shops run by knowledgable marijuana gurus. There is a group of people, however, who believe their knowledge in dispensing medications makes them more qualified for the job: the pharmacists. Director of Professional Affairs for the Canadian Pharmacists Association (CPhA) Phil Emberley wrote a guest column in The Globe and Mail describing why pharmacists are better able to dispense medical marijuana, saying, "As experts in medication management, we work with controlled substances daily and have a proven ability to secure the supply chain ensuring the safety and security of the products we dispense." 

Although pharmacists have not yet been involved in the cannabis industry, Emberley believes pharmacists will have no issue adapting to the evolving market and incorporating the knowledge of a new medication into their daily routine. Emberley says, "In a given year, I can't even guess the number of new drugs that are introduced, and pharmacists have to be competent in knowing the dosages, the use, the mechanisms, and the interactions that they have with other medications because they need to explain this to patients." Pharmacists also have the knowledge about other medications that a patient might be taking in addition to medical marijuana, and understanding the interactions between these medications is necessary in order to tweak and tailor the dosing recommendations to fit the patient's needs.

In the future, we may see a wonderful outcome if medical marijuana makes its way into mainstream pharmacies and drug stores. This information has been provided by Civilized and approved by our Chief Medical Officer.

Spotlight On: PDI Medical!

Joseph Friedman, R.Ph. MBA, founding member & principal at Professional Dispensaries of Illinois, (PDI) Medical LLC.

Joseph Friedman, R.Ph. MBA, founding member & principal at Professional Dispensaries of Illinois, (PDI) Medical LLC.

We are excited to announce that we will be welcoming Illinois dispensary PDI Medical Dispensary as one of our partners! We'd like to introduce you to Professional Dispensaries of Illinois with a word from founding member Joseph Friedman:

"Personalized patient care is what sets PDI Medical Dispensary apart.  When a patient visits our Buffalo Grove, Illinois location they can expect to receive world class care. Built on a pharmacy care model, our expert clinical staff made up of pharmacists and nurses, combined with our caring cannabis experts provide the perfect balance of knowledge, care, and compassion to our patients.  The PDI Medical state of the art dispensary was designed for our patients safety, and will provide our patients a sense of ease and confidence using cannabis-based medicine.  Our friendly staff are here to serve our patients and we are conveniently located in Buffalo Grove which is minutes from Chicago and the suburbs. Come join our dispensary and schedule a personal consultation."

If you are a patient in Illinois who has access to the Buffalo Grove area, we urge you to check out PDI Medical Dispensary for the opportunity to discuss your needs with the experts who can meet them. We ask you to journal daily so that you can work towards discovering your ideal dose all while anonymously contributing to a better understanding of medical marijuana in the medical community. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.