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Medical Cannabis Helps Chronic Pain Patients Get Off Opioids, Study Shows

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Over half of all patients studied were able to reduce their opioid use by 30 percent, and around a quarter of the subjects were able to quit using opioids altogether.

A new pilot study led by a Canadian chronic pain specialist is adding to the growing body of evidence showing that cannabis can help patients reduce their usage of addictive opioid painkillers.

Lead researcher Dr. Kevin Rod recruited 600 chronic pain patients who visited his pain clinic in Toronto to participate in a new pilot study, which was recently published in the American Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience. Most of these patients were using an equivalent of 120mg of morphine every day, but 95 of the patients were using higher doses in the range of 180 to 240mg per day.

“Many chronic pain patients are prescribed opioids at doses” that exceed the current guidelines for prescribing opioids established by the Canadian government, the researchers explained. “Tapering the dose can be difficult, as patients fear returning to a state of overwhelming pain.” The study notes that the official guidelines only recommend using a maximum of 90mg of morphine equivalent per day, but most patients are prescribed significantly higher doses.

Dr. Rod created a tapering plan for his patients, reducing daily opioid doses by around 10 percent every one to two weeks. With each reduction in opioid prescription, patients were given a blend of medical cannabis products containing between 4 and 6 percent THC and CBD content. These doses were tapered to increase by 500mg each time the opioid dosage was lowered by 10 percent. By the end of the six month study, patients were consuming between 1 and 3 grams of medical marijuana per day.

Source: https://merryjane.com/news/medical-cannabis-helps-chronic-pain-patients-get-off-opioids-study-shows

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