Study: Medical cannabis lowers opioid intake in chronic back pain patients

Study: Medical cannabis lowers opioid intake in chronic back pain patients
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Could medical cannabis be used as a suitable treatment for chronic back pain? A new study explores this subject matter with promising results. A total of 186 patients who suffer from chronic back pain participated in the study. Each of the patients was considered a suitable candidate for medical cannabis use.  According to the outcome, medical cannabis use reduced the rate of opioid prescription among patients with severe back pain.  The researchers who recently published their findings on the National Library of Medicine website claim that the federally illegal substance harbors enough power to improve pain and disability scores in patients with chronic back pain. Cannabis for chronic back pain: How was the study carried out? Metrics favored for the assessment of lower back pain included Oswestry Disability Index (ODI) scores, numeric back pain intensity, numeric back pain frequency, numeric leg pain frequency, numeric leg pain intensity, visual analog scale (VAS) back pain score, VAS right leg pain score and VAS left leg pain score. Analysts weighed up the standard morphine milligram equivalent (MME)/day of opioid prescriptions filled within the six months before medical cannabis use against the average MME recorded six months post-certification. At three, six and nine months after medical cannabis was consumed, study subjects were asked to complete pain and disability questionnaires. Cannabis for chronic back pain: Study summary A group of physicians were carefully selected for this study into cannabis for chronic back pain. Each physician had attended a four-hour continuing medical education (CME) course. Physicians also applied for practitioner status with the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Patients who began medicating at 15 MME/day and patients who started using morphine at more than 15 MME/day shrank their intake from 15.1 to 11.0 at three months, 3.5 to 2­­­.1 at six months and 44.9 to 33.9 at…

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