Arizona school says cannabis could treat cancer pain instead of opioids

PHOENIX — Cannabis could soon take the place of opioids in treating pain caused by breast cancer, the University of Arizona said.

Dr. Todd Vanderah said the replacement treatment is a chemical compound called a non-psychotropic cannabinoid. It’s found in plants from the cannabis family – which includes marijuana – but will not get the patient high because it works on different cell receptors.

“There are many different types [of cannabinoids],” Vanderah said.

“Many of these compounds will inhibit inflammation, they inhibit pain, they also, when given in combination with opiates, tend to reduce the

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