As medical marijuana becomes a more common practice across the country, doctors and scientists are noticing a significant trend: opioid use is decreasing in places where marijuana is legal. This is according to two papers published in JAMA Internal Medicine that identified how medical marijuana has the potential to replace dangerous and addictive opioids.
One of the study’s authors, W. David Bradford, explained, “In this time when we are so concerned – rightly so – about opiate misuse and abuse and about the mortality that’s occurring, we need to be clear-eyed and use evidence to drive our policies. If you’re interested in giving people options for pain management that don’t bring the particular risks that opiates do, states should contemplate [medical cannabis].”
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