A May, 2020 study in The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons adds evidence to the impact medical cannabis has on opioid addiction.
“Introduction – Cannabinoids offer a nonopioid analgesic option. This study examines the association between state cannabis laws and opioid prescriptions between 2013 – 2017.
Methods – Using Medicare Part D prescription database, this study measures annual aggregate daily doses of opioid medications prescribed by orthopedic surgeons, among the highest prescribers of opioids, in states where medical cannabis is legal, in addition to total daily doses of all opioids using lineal regression models to examine associations between state cannabis laws and annual total daily doses of opioid medications.
Results – States where medical cannabis is legal show a statistically significant reduction in aggregate opioid prescribing of 144,000 DAILY doses (19.7%).”
Evidence continues to accumulate that cannabis is a legitimate treatment option for chronic pain, drug withdrawal, and other ailments. Medical marijuana as adjunct therapy can help people with chronic pain decrease the risks of opioid treatment.