Study: Patients Report Substituting Cannabis For Booze, Prescription Drugs

medcannabisBy Paul Armentano, NORML

Patients who possess legal access to cannabis frequently substitute it in place of alcohol and prescription drugs, according to survey data published online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review.

Investigators from the University of Victoria in British Columbia assessed the influence of medical marijuana access on other drug-taking behaviors in a cohort of 473 Canadian adults licensed to engage in cannabis therapy.

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Study: 92% of Patients Say Medical Cannabis Works

A study of hundreds of California medical cannabis patients has found that 92% of Medical-Marijuanathose patients believe that cannabis has been beneficial in alleviating symptoms of the ailment they use it for. The study, published by the U.S. National Institute of Health as well as the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, also found that medical cannabis is “used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group”.

For the study, researchers used data from the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an “annual, random-digit-dial state-wide telephone survey that collects health data from a representative adult sample [7525].”

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