Medical Marijuana May Lead to Fewer Opioid Rxs

Legalizing Marijuana Could Have This Unexpected Benefit

The Science Can No Longer Be Ignored: Legal Cannabis Access Reduces Opioid Abuse and Mortality

Using data from 2010 to 2015, the analysis counted 3.7 million fewer daily doses of opioids prescribed in states that allow weed dispensaries, while states that allow only home cultivation saw a decrease of 1.8 million daily prescribed doses.

As the opioid crisis rages on across North America, a number of recent studies are pointing to cannabis and prescription heroin as viable options in curbing the consumption of lethal street opiates, reducing long-term medical and policing costs and extending the lives of users.

In the second study, University of Georgia researchers evaluated the association between the enactment of medical cannabis access laws and opioid prescribing trends among those eligible for Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

Both types of laws were linked to about a 6 percent decline in opioid prescribing, researchers reported.

At this point, 30 states and the District of Columbia have laws legalizing some form of marijuana use, including eight states that have legalized recreational use. He also has one in Maryland where he says there's been success with opioid patients.

Although medical marijuana shouldn't be considered the primary treatment for chronic pain, it could be something that people turn to as a backup if they are battling opioid addiction, according to researchers.

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Minnesota's findings are hardly unique.

The studies couldn't prove cause and effect.

Texas dispensaries began selling cannabidiol oil treatments to patients registered with the state at the beginning of this year.

With opioid painkillers killing more than 90 Americans a day, the search is on for alternatives that kill pain without killing the patient.

Agency leaders have said their proposed changes will address some concerns raised about the initial rules, including one that would allow medical marijuana providers up to 50 square feet of growing space for every patient they serve. One 2017 study found gabapentin taken in tandem with opioids increases the risk of overdose by 49 percent. In the second trial, which assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients over a six-month period, scientists reported that almost half of respondents reported either decreasing or eliminating their use of opioids during treatment. One of those research projects at McMaster University has looked into how cannabis can be used as an "exit drug" for nearly 1,400 opioid users.

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