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Medical Marijuana Cuts Use Of Prescription Drugs: Study

Wednesday 11 October 2017


From Chicago Patch:


Medical marijuana

Medical Marijuana Cuts Use Of Prescription Drugs: Study

By Jonah Meadows (Patch Staff)
October 9, 2017
© 2017 Patch Media. All Rights Reserved.

CHICAGO, IL — The first peer-reviewed scientific study of medical marijuana patients in Illinois to be published has shown that participants in the statewide program reduce their use of other conventional pharmaceuticals, such as opiates. The study, conducted by researchers from DePaul and Rush university and published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, assessed the use of prescription medication by 34 people enrolled in the Illinois medical cannabis program.

Medical marijuana users told researchers that they use cannabis as an alternative to other medications. Opioids were the drugs most commonly substituted out for cannabis, but patients also cut down their use of anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and over-the-counter pain relievers.

Participants in the study, with an average age of 45, said they believed cannabis acts faster than conventional prescription drugs and has fewer negative side effects.


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