Use of Prescription Pain Medications Among Medical Cannabis Patients

Use of Prescription Pain Medications Among Medical Cannabis PatientsIn 2015, researchers at the University of Michigan published the first systematic comparison among medical cannabis users who use and do not use prescription pain medications (PPMs). PPM users and nonusers did not exhibit any difference in either lifetime or past-3-month use of other drugs, including cocaine, sedatives, street opioids, and amphetamines. PPM users rated the efficacy of cannabis higher than PPM for pain management and indicated a strong desire to reduce PPM usage. Longitudinal study designs are needed to better understand the trajectories of alcohol and other drug involvement over time among medical cannabis users. (more…)

Cannabinoid–Opioid Interaction in Chronic Pain

Cannabinoid Opioid Interaction in Chronic PainIn 2011, Nature Publishing Group released an article by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, who undertook a study of twenty-one individuals with chronic pain to delineate the synergistic effects of cannabinoids and opioids. The study concluded that vaporized cannabis augments the analgesic effects of opioids without significantly altering plasma opioid levels. The combination may allow for opioid treatment at lower doses with fewer side effects. (more…)

Cannabis and Pain Medication

Cannabis and Pain MedicationManagement of chronic pain is one of the most common reasons given by individuals seeking medical cannabis. However, very little information exists about the concurrent use of cannabis and prescription pain medication (PPM). This study fills this gap in knowledge by systematically comparing medical cannabis users who use or do not use PPM, with an emphasis on (more…)

Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality

Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Analgesic Overdose Mortality

As reported in the August, 2014 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, this research shares an examination of the association between medical cannabis laws and opioid analgesic overdose mortality. Each year after implementation of the law showed that such laws were associated with a lower rate of overdose mortality that generally strengthened over time. (more…)

Opioid Dependence And Cannabis

Opioid Dependence And Cannabis

This study published in the American Journal of Addiction in 2009, replicates a previously surprising finding that intermittent cannabis use is associated with improved retention in naltrexone treatment among opioid dependent patients, while both abstinence from cannabis and regular cannabis use during naltrexone treatment are associated with high dropout. (more…)

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