Yet Another Study Suggests Legal Marijuana Use in U.S. Curbs Opioid Addiction

Bottles of opioid-based medications at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio. (File photo via Reuters)
Bottles of opioid-based medications at a pharmacy in Portsmouth, Ohio. (File photo via Reuters)

In a new finding, 63 percent of patients surveyed were able to reduce or completely let go of opioid usage after six months of being registered with a medical cannabis program.

The new data was released by Minnesota Department of Health and comes on the heel of other studies, which clearly show that medical marijuana is effective in treating pain and less damaging than opioid-based medicines.

The state of Michigan in 2016 reported similar findings when it showed how a 64 percent decrease in opioid usage was closely associated with marijuana treatment.

People are increasingly trying to find alternatives to opioids due to the rise of its perilous addiction. In 2016 alone, U.S. federal experts said more than 42,000 have died because of opioid overdose.  

“Cannabis is a very good alternative to reduce opioid consumption, to increase the quality of life, and to reduce pain, nausea, and vomiting,” Lihi Bar-Lev Schleider, lead researcher on the study, told Rolling Stone magazine.

The Puff Puff Post also reported two recent studies, one showing how medical cannabis reduces pain and opioid dependency in the elderly, and another reveals how marijuana dispensaries reduce opioid overdose and deaths.

The U.S. federal government has taken a very hard line stance against marijuana with the latest statement by the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar denying any benefits coming from medical marijuana, including those that have been scientifically proven.

There are 29 U.S. states which have legalized medical marijuana.



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