Study shows safety of using cannabis with opioids 

Study shows safety of using cannabis with opioids 
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Researchers in the US have found that using cannabis with opioids does not increase the risk of addiction.  Findings from a new study suggest that CBD and THC might be safe for use with opioid pain medication, without increasing the risk of addiction. Although more studies are needed, the results suggest that these compounds, found in cannabis, might be a low-risk way to reduce the dose of opioids needed to relieve pain. The results show that CBD and THC do not enhance the rewarding effects of opioids, meaning that these compounds may not increase the risk for addiction when used in conjunction with opioid medications. In the new study, the researchers gave rhesus monkeys the opportunity to choose a food reward or an injection of the opioid fentanyl.  They then tested whether CBD, THC or mixtures containing both compounds affected the number of times monkeys selected fentanyl over food.  They found that a wide range of doses of CBD or THC both alone or in a mixture did not increase or decrease the number of times they selected fentanyl. Medical cannabis is often cited as an alternative pain reliever to opioid medication, with many patients finding they are able to reduce the number of opioids they are taking after being prescribed cannabis.  According to data from the Center for Disease Control, there were over 100,000 opioid-related deaths in America in the last 12 months.  Lawrence Carey, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, said: “There is intense interest in using medical marijuana in patients with chronic pain because compounds in marijuana like CBD and THC may produce pain relief themselves or enhance the pain-relieving effects of opioids. “This means people could potentially use lower doses of opioids and still get relief from pain.…

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