In an online survey of 1,513 patients, who receive cannabis from dispensaries, researchers from different scientific institutions across the USA revealed that a large number significantly reduced their use of several other medications.
Among respondents that regularly used opioids, over three-quarters (76.7%) indicated that they reduced their use since they started the medical use of cannabis. Approximately two-thirds of patients decreased their use of anti-anxiety drugs (71.8%), followed by medications for migraine (66.7%), sleep disorders (65.2%), alcohol (42.0%) and antidepressants (37.6%). Authors wrote that “a majority of patients reported using les opioids as well as fewer medications to treat anxiety, migraines, and sleep after initiating MC [medical cannabis]”.
Piper BJ, DeKeuster RM, Beals ML, Cobb CM, Burchman CA, Perkinson L, Lynn ST, Nichols SD, Abess AT. Substitution of medical cannabis for pharmaceutical agents for pain, anxiety, and sleep. J Psychopharmacol. 2017 Mar 1. [in press]
Source: IACM Bulletin