People suffering from conditions of chronic pain or mental illness would rather consume cannabis than take their prescribed opioid medications. That’s according to a new study conducted by researchers with the University of Victory and the University of British Colombia.
According to the study’s co-author, this research is the first of its kind to follow people who had access to both medical marijuana and prescription pharmaceuticals, such as opioids, benzodiazepines and anti-depressants. The study followed more than 250 people who were prescribed medication for formally diagnosed conditions ranging from chronic pain to gastrointestinal issues to mental health. In all, about 63 percent of respondents indicated they preferred to use cannabis over the prescriptions to treat chronic pain, depression and other conditions.
So why would people prefer pot? According to the study authors, it may have a lot to do with the reduction in side effects, as well as the overall feeling that marijuana is a lot safer than many prescription drugs. Continue reading