About The Study: In this survey study of 1,661 adults with chronic pain in states with medical cannabis laws, 3 in 10 persons reported using cannabis to manage their pain. Most persons who used cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain reported substituting cannabis in place of other pain medications including prescription opioids. The high degree of substitution of cannabis with both opioid and nonopioid treatment emphasizes the importance of research to clarify the effectiveness and potential adverse consequences of cannabis for chronic pain.
Authors: Mark C. Bicket, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is the corresponding author.
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