Medical Cannabis Access Associated With Decreased Use Of Opioids, Finds Study

Just-released research shows that the enactment of medical cannabis access laws is associated with moderately lower levels of prescription opioid use, even after controlling for potentially confounding variables, according.

This is according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

In this study a team of investigators from the University of Arkansas assessed prescription drug use data in a nationally representative sample of nearly five million Americans for the years 2006 to 2014. Authors concluded: “Medical marijuana legalization was associated with lower odds of opioid use, chronic opioid use, and high-risk opioid use when controlling for many state-level and patient-level factors. … These results suggest that MML (medical marijuana laws) could be one policy tool that may modestly decrease opioid use; chronic and high- risk opioid use in a landscape where pain management options are limited and opioid misuse and addiction are rising rapidly.”

Observational studies have similarly reported that medical cannabis access states possess lower rates of opioid-related use, abuse, hospitalizations, and mortality as compared to jurisdictions without operating medical marijuana programs.

Observational studies have similarly reported that medical cannabis access states possess lower rates of opioid-related use, abuse, hospitalizations, and mortality as compared to jurisdictions without operating medical marijuana programs.

The full text of the study, “Impact of medical marijuana legalization on opioid use, chronic opioid use, and high-risk opioid use,” appears in Journal of General Internal Medicine.

This study was first reported by NORML. Additional information is available in their fact-sheet, “Relationship Between Marijuana and Opioids.”

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