Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication: Patient Self-Report

Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers Pain (Chronic Non-Malignant)

Key Findings

Respondents overwhelmingly reported that cannabis provided relief on par with their other medications, but without the unwanted side effects. Ninety-seven percent of the sample “strongly agreed/agreed” that they are able to decrease the amount of opiates they consume when they also use cannabis, and 81% “strongly agreed/agreed” that taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis with opioids. Results were similar for those using cannabis with nonopioid-based pain medications. Future research should track clinical outcomes where cannabis is offered as a viable substitute for pain treatment and examine the outcomes of using cannabis as a medication assisted treatment for opioid dependence.

Information and Links


Link: Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication: Patient Self-Report

Year: 2017

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1089/can.2017.0012


Ratings

(How Ratings Work)

Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Addiction to Opiod Based Pain Killers according to the results found in this study.

Pain (Chronic Non-Malignant) — 3


Likely probability of the efficacy of cannabis for treatment of Pain (Chronic Non-Malignant) according to the results found in this study.

Drugs Used

Cannabis