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Study: cannabis use decreases opioid dependency

A landmark study released by HelloMD and the University of Berkeley, shows that medical cannabis is not only a preferred treatment option for chronic pain, but also reduces patient dependency on opioids.

“The latest publication from the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits,” said Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD. “Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.” [HelloMD]

Major highlights of the study include:

  • 97% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis
  • 92% “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition
  • 81% “strongly agreed/ agreed that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids.

Considering 2,458 opioid overdose deaths were reported in Canada in 2016, these findings bring even more credibility to the benefits of medical cannabis.

 

 

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