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Survey: Many Medical Cannabis Patients Cease Using Opioids

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Medical Marijuana Less OpioidsChicago, IL: More than two out of three medical marijuana patients substitute cannabis in place of opioids, according to survey data compiled by Aclara Research, a Chicago-based consulting firm.

Sixty-seven percent of respondents reported that they ceased their opioid use after initiating cannabis therapy. Twenty-nine percent of respondents said that cannabis allowed them to decrease their use of opioids.

The findings are similar to those of prior surveys concluding that patients who use cannabis therapeutically typically reduce or cease their use of opioids and other prescription pharmaceuticals.

According to an October 21 academic paper published on SSRN.com, the enactment of medical marijuana access laws is associated with a $2.47 decrease in per person prescribed opioid spending among those between the ages of 18 and 39. Previous studies – such as those herehere, and here – have drawn similar conclusions.

On November 1, members of President Trump’s opioid commission rejected the notion that cannabis access is associated with reduced rates of opioid abuse and mortality. By contrast, the US National Institute on Drug Abuse acknowledges that available studies “cumulatively suggest that medical marijuana products may have a role in reducing the use of opioids.”

For more information, contact Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director, at: paul@norml.org.

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A pre-clinical study reports that the use of the positive allosteric modulator GAT211 enhances the effect of pain-relief chemicals produced by the body in response to stress or injury. The research is a promising step forward in the search for pain relief methods without the addictive side effects of opioids.

Source: Pre-clinical study suggests path toward non-addictive painkillers: Researchers use a compound with a novel mechanism to treat pain in mice without tolerance or physical dependence — ScienceDaily

NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.

Source: Survey: Patients With Parkinson’s Disease, MS Report Efficacy From Medical Cannabis – NORML.org – Working to Reform Marijuana Laws

More than 130,000 Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgeries take place each year with the majority of patients not requiring pain medication after three months post-operatively. However, researchers have found that those patients who were filling opioid prescriptions prior to surgery were 10 times more likely to be filling prescriptions five months after surgery.

Source: Patients taking opioids prior to ACL surgery more likely to be on pain medications longer — ScienceDaily

 

That brilliance could be read, “Patients who have lower thresholds of pain and/or more extensive ACL damage,  are more likely to use opiates longer”.  Well, DUH!  Where is the causality?  Are people in greater pain more likely to take opiates before surgery, as well as for longer after?  This may be the causal factor vs the implication that if we withhold pain relief until after surgery, it will toughen people to do without pain relief quicker.  Puh-lease.  They are not determining the causal factor here.  Bad study.

AuntieBS

College students attending an Oregon university are using more marijuana now that the drug is legal for recreational use, but the increase is largely among students who also report recent heavy use of alcohol, a new study has found.

Source: Marijuana use among college students on rise following Oregon legalization, study finds — ScienceDaily

 

I wonder how much Big Pharma paid for that brilliant revelation.  Let’s see, something is illegal– do I report that I use it or just keep quiet about it.  Or maybe I follow the laws and don’t use it.  Then, it is legalized, so I feel freer to report that I use it and certainly might indulge in it.  Any surprises?  Could anyone have not predicted that outcome?  The same could have been predicted about alcohol after Prohibition was lifted, or likely most ANY product that is suddenly found on store shelves.

What is not yet said is how problematic behavior is affected.  How many car accidents?  OD’s from alcohol or opiates?  Assaults?  Burglaries?  Shootings?  What is the overall effect on society from the legalization?

AuntieBS

Researchers have found regular and occasional cannabis use as a teen is associated with a greater risk of other illicit drug taking in early adulthood. The study also found cannabis use was associated with harmful drinking and smoking.

Source: Teen cannabis use and illicit drug use in early adulthood linked: One in 5 adolescents at risk of tobacco dependency, harmful alcohol consumption and illicit drug use — ScienceDaily

It is amazing that this garbage gets published.  It would be akin to “Blind Kids less likely to see as adults”.  What is the CAUSALITY?  This paper would lead naive readers to think that teen cannabis use causes illicit drug use in adults.  But, how about teens who hang with the wrong crowds, who have lack of parental involvement, who may be flunking classes, who may have lower IQs, who may be struggling in school, who may disregard laws and prudence and use illicit cannabis and other drugs as teens as well as other illicit drugs later in life?

Time and time again, follow-up studies disprove the implications when CAUSALITY is considered.  More often than not, socio-economic conditions and IQ’s are the underlying causal factors which drive various conditions mistakenly attributed to cannabis.

AuntieBS

Addict Behav. 2017 Apr 4;72:138-143. doi: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2017.04.006. [Epub ahead of print]

Source: Intentional cannabis use to reduce crack cocaine use in a Canadian setting: A longitudinal analysis. – PubMed – NCBI