75.5% of Medical Cannabis Patients Report Substituting Cannabis for Pharmaceuticals and Hard Drugs

A study published in the recent issue of the journal Addiction Research and Theory has found that the majority of those who use medical cannabis do so to replaceharlequin harmful substances such as alcohol and pharmaceutical drugs.

According to the study;Over 41% state that they use cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, 36.1% use cannabis as a substitute for illicit substances, and 67.8% use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs. The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are “less withdrawal” (67.7%), “fewer side-effects” (60.4%), and “better symptom management” suggesting that many patients may have already identified cannabis as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regimen.”

It continues; “With 75.5% of respondents citing that they substitute cannabis for at least one other substance, and in consideration of the growing number of studies with similar findings and the credible biological mechanisms behind these results, randomized clinical trials on cannabis substitution for problematic substance use appear justified.”

The study, which used 404 medical cannabis patients in British Columbia, was conducted by researchers from the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, the University of California and the State University of New York.

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    • Storm Crow on March 9, 2014 at 9:54 am
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    Donald, California is also a good choice, whether you prefer the “Big City” life, or love the rural scene! Washington state isn’t bad either!

    • scott steven on February 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm
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    We don’t have that risk in Colorado

  1. I’m tired of the risk of getting busted for medicine

    • donald.d.formby@gmail.com on January 10, 2014 at 12:46 pm
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    I need the medicine

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