For those utilizing illicit opioids to control their chronic pain, cannabis might be an advantageous—and a less hazardous—option, as per a new study from the BCCSU (BC Centre on Substance Use).
Scientists from the UBC (University of British Columbia) and BCCSU interviewed over 1,100 users in Vancouver at highest danger of opioid overdose from 2014 to 2017 who reported major or chronic pain and substance use. They discovered that everyday cannabis usage was related to considerably reduced chances of everyday illicit opioid usage, recommending people are restoring opioids with cannabis to control their pain. The research was posted this week in PLOS Medicine.
“These outcomes, in association with earlier research, again show that individuals are employing cannabis to assist control many different cases, comprising pain. And in some instances, they are employing cannabis instead of opioids,” claims Dr. M-J Milloy, senior author of the study, to the media in an interview. “In the mid of a current public health emergency lead due to opioid overdose deaths, the outcomes recommends that elevating access to cannabis for therapeutic reasons can assist stop overdose danger related to illicit opioid employment.”
Outcomes from a statistical model demonstrated that people who employed cannabis daily had almost 50% reduced chances of employing illicit opioids daily versus cannabis non-users, whereas individuals who reported occasional employment of cannabis were neither more nor less probable as compared to non-users to employ illicit opioids every day.
On a related note, the occurrence of cannabis use disorder dropped from 2002 to 2016 amongst frequent consumers, as per a new research performed at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Alterations in social behaviors and the traits of frequent consumers might clarify the drop, as per studies. The results are posted in the Drug and Alcohol Dependence journal.