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Could marijuana be an effective pain alternative to prescription medications?

eurekalert.org
  • From 1,000 American legal marijuana users, 80% of people taking cannabis for pain found it very or extremely helpful.
  • 88% of these people reduced use of opioid painkillers, known for dangerous side-effects that can lead to fatal overdoses.
  • 74% participants used cannabis to sleep better, 84% of them said it helped them, and 83% of them reduced use of prescription medication.
  • People develop tolerance to opioids so they constantly need more of them, increasing the risk of overdose.
  • Access to medical cannabis could lower the use of harmful prescription medication, but the effects of cannabis haven’t been studied enough to be sure - more studies are required.

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