Cannabis Not a Pain Aid for Opioid Users

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Users of opioids for pain may not find added relief with cannabis, researchers reported here.

In a study led by Teresa Bigand, RN-BC, MSN, CNL, of Washington State University (WSU) in Spokane, use of cannabis within the month prior was not found to be predictive of sleep quality, intensity in pain, or confidence in controlling symptoms.

However, cannabis use was predictive of self-efficacy in emotion management — specifically tied to a lower confidence in ability to manage negative emotions.

“We were especially surprised to find that cannabis interferes with sleep — particularly at a higher frequency and quantity — because that’s not what patients tell us,” study co-author Mary Lee Roberts, PhD, RN, also of WSU, told MedPage Today during a poster session at the American Pain Society’s Scientific Summit. “They tell us that ‘I do it so I can

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