Medical Cannabis Reduces Use of Opioid Pain Meds, Decreases Chronic Pain Risk, Finds Study

Patients using medical cannabis to control chronic pain reported a 64% reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications known as opioids,joint a University of Michigan study released today has found.

The study’s participates also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45% improvement in quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain.

Researchers from the U-M School of Public Health and Medical School said their results suggest that for some people, medical cannabis may be an alternative to more common prescription painkillers at a time when national health leaders are asking the medical community to cut back on prescribing drugs like Vicodin and OxyContin.

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