420 with CNW – Two Studies Show Marijuana is Helping Patients Avoid Opioids
Two studies show that patients suffering from chronic pain are using marijuana instead of addictive pharmaceuticals to help them manage the pain. The studies are an addition to the growing body of research on the importance of marijuana in the growing opioid crisis in the United States. The first study, carried out by researchers from Florida International University, investigated if managing pain was the only reason people substituted opioids with marijuana. The study was published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The researchers used data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health when evaluating the likelihood of opioid consumption by people in states where medical marijuana is legal and where medical marijuana was not available. The researchers used the following to evaluate the data, did the respondents use or abuse any pain relief medication in the past year, the states they resided in, and if medical cannabis was legal. They analyzed the surveyed data for the year 2015 through to 2017, which included 120,764 respondents. The study authors concluded that an analysis of the data resulted in a multivariate logistics regression equation, which showed that a reduction in opioid usage is associated with the medical cannabis laws.…
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