Study: Cannabis Can Help Treat Chronic Pain, Does So Better Than Opioids Alone - TheJointBlog
Thursday, Jan 29, 2015

A study published recently by the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, and published online by the National Institute of Health, has found that cannabis use for pain relief purposes is common among people living with chronic pain, and users report greater pain relieving effects when using cannabis than when using just opioids.

The study included 1514 people living in Australia who had been prescribed pharmaceutical opioids for chronic non-cancer pain. According to researchers; “Data on cannabis use, ICD-10 cannabis use disorder and cannabis use for pain were collected. We explored associations between demographic, pain and other patient characteristics and cannabis use for pain.”

Using this method, it was found that; “One in six (16%) had used cannabis for pain relief, 6% in the previous month. A quarter reported that they would use it for pain relief if they had access. Those using cannabis for pain on average were younger, reported greater pain severity, greater interference from and poorer coping with pain, and more days out of role in the past year.”