Medical Cannabis…a substitution for prescription opioids and other substances

variety of prescription drugs“Cannabis is perceived to be an effective treatment for diverse conditions, with pain and mental health the most prominent. Findings include a high self-reported use of cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs (63%), particularly pharmaceutical opioids (30%), benzodiazepines (16%), and antidepressants (12%). Patients also reported substituting cannabis for alcohol (25%), cigarettes/tobacco (12%), and illicit drugs (3%). A significant percentage of patients (42%) reported accessing cannabis from illegal/unregulated sources, in addition, to access via LPs, and over half (55%) were charged to receive a medical recommendation to use cannabis, with nearly 25% paying $300 or more.”

Read more at the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health

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