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  • Ashley Slimak

Study Shows That About Half of Medical Marijuana Users Stopped Opioid Use After 12 Months

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A recent study published by the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia investigated 1,000 patients who were seeking medical marijuana treatment for their chronic pain.

According to the CDC, chronic pain is one of the most common reasons adults seek medical care. In fact, over 62% of patients who use medical cannabis, use it to treat chronic pain.

During this study, researchers observed the participants demographics, patterns of cannabis use and the long-term effectiveness of marijuana on their chronic pain. Participants were enrolled in the study between September 2015 and July 2018 and their pain scores were assessed from the start of the study and then after three, six and twelve months. Researchers also evaluated general health symptoms, anxiety, quality of life and self-reported opioid use of the participants.

Chronic Pain Is Reduced By Medical Marijuana Treatment

The results of the study showed that pain intensity and pain-related interference were significantly reduced over time when consuming medical marijuana. More importantly, the amount of participants who reported using opioids decreased by half, from 40.8% at the start of the study to just 23.9% after 12 months.

Medical marijuana is a promising alternative for treating chronic pain. It can be helpful in alleviating pain that is associated with a number of conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, and back pain, to name a few. Cannabis also lacks the toxic side effects found in many traditional medications and it is a much safer solution since it is not highly addictive like opioids.

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If you are interested in medical marijuana treatment for chronic pain, we are here to help! Give us a call today at (866) 457-5559 to learn more about the process or schedule an appointment.


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