Medical marijuana is preferred by 93% of patients for pain management
“This study can conclude that medical cannabis patients report successfully using cannabis along with or as a substitute for opioid-based pain medication,” the team reported in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
Out of the 2,810 participants who were currently using cannabis, 828 had used opioids in the last six months to manage their pain. Of that group, “97 percent of the sample ‘strongly agreed/agreed’ that they are able to decrease the amount of opioids they consume when they also use cannabis. In addition, 89 percent ‘strongly agreed/agreed’ that taking opioids produces unwanted side effects such as constipation and nausea,” the researchers wrote. But interestingly, the researchers also found that “81 percent ‘strongly agreed/agreed’ that taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis with opioids.”
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Medical Marijuana Is Preferred by 93% of Patients for Pain Management
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