97% of Medical Marijuana Patients Use Fewer Opioids Thanks to Cannabis

A new study led by a UC Berkeley researcher in conjunction with HelloMD has found that an overwhelming majority of medical marijuana patients use less opioid-based pain medication as a result of their ability to substitute cannabis for pain management.

Based on survey data collected from nearly 3,000 patients in HelloMD’s database, researchers found strong evidence to support the growing belief that cannabis can be an effective tool in combating the global opioid crisis.

Key Findings:

  • 97% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis
  • 92% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition
  • 81% “strongly agreed/ agreed that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids. The results were similar when using cannabis with non-opioid based pain medications.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) report published on June 22 reminds us that opioids are the world’s most pressing drug problem. According to the report, “there are an estimated minimum of 190,000 — in most cases avoidable — premature deaths from drugs, the majority attributable to the use of…

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