As America’s opioid abuse epidemic continues to worsen, a study releases this week reveals a potential remedy for pain patients: Medical marijuana.
HelloMD, one of the nation’s largest community of medical cannabis patients, partnered with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, to examine how cannabis has affected Americans consumption of opioids. The results of the landmark study show that patients, given a choice, would overwhelmingly choose cannabis over opioid medication, saying the herb works just as well and with fewer side effects.
Key findings of the show:
- 97 percent “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease their opioid use when using cannabis.
- 92 percent “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition.
- 81 percent “strongly agreed/ agreed that cannabis by itself was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids. The results were similar when using cannabis with non-opioid based pain medications.
The researchers collected survey data from close