Updated on January 21, 2020.
Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
who used marijuana every day were half as likely to use illicit opioids
compared to those who didn’t use cannabis, according to a new study in PLOS Medicine.
people who used marijuana only occasionally saw no reduction in opioid
Many people suffering with chronic pain use illicit
opioids such as non-prescribed painkillers and heroin. There’s also evidence
that some chronic pain patients opt for cannabis
This study looked at more than 1,000 Canadians with
chronic pain who reported using illicit drugs. Individuals who used cannabis
daily reported doing so for therapeutic purposes, including treating pain,
easing nausea and promoting sleep.
The study is part of a growing body of research
showing cannabis can help manage pain and reduce opioid
use In the context of the current opioid
crisis, frequent use of cannabis among opioid users may play an important role
in reducing their opioid use, the study authors said.