Publication date: Jan 14, 2020
Several have also shown that medical marijuana can treat symptoms of chronic pain without the negative side effects or risks associated with opioid use.
Flexon and two of her FIU peers tested this theory by using data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health to determine the effects of medical marijuana laws on opioid use.
The new study suggests that legal medical marijuana -may be effective at reducing opioid reliance as respondents living in states with medical cannabis legislation are much less apt to report using opioid analgesics than people living in states without such laws. “
The study also debunked the -gateway drug” myth often touted by prohibitionists, reporting that states with legal medical marijuana did not have greater rates of opioid abuse.
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