44.7 F
Park Forest
Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Study: Medical Cannabis Enrollees Reduce Their Prescription Drug Use

medical marijuana vs. prescription meds
(Source: NORML)

Chicago, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 5, 2017


Patients enrolled in a statewide medical cannabis program are likely to reduce their use of conventional prescription drugs over time, according to data published online ahead of print in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Care.

Investigators from DePaul University and Rush University, College of Nursing assessed prescription drug use patterns in 34 patients registered to use cannabis therapy under Illinois law.

Respondents frequently reported using medical cannabis “as an alternative to other medications – most commonly opioids, but also anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and over-the-counter analgesics.” Subjects reported that they believed cannabis is faster acting than conventional prescription drugs and that it possesses fewer adverse side effects.

Authors concluded: “[O]ur results indicate that MC (medical cannabis) may be used intentionally to taper off prescription medications. These findings align with previous research that has reported substitution or alternative use of cannabis for prescription pain medications due to concerns regarding addiction and better side-effect and symptom management, as well as complementary use to help manage side-effects of prescription medication.”

The findings are similar to those of numerous others similarly reporting that legal cannabis access is associated with lower rates of prescription drug use, spending, abuse, and mortality.

Full text of the study, “Preferences for medical marijuana over prescription medications among persons living with chronic conditions,” appears in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Care.

Source: www.norml.org

Comments Box

Recent Articles

Stay Connected


Local Advertisers



Park Forest
clear sky
44.7 ° F
51.6 °
37.1 °
89 %
0 %
74 °
77 °
73 °
57 °
62 °

About Google Ads

The Google-supplied ads that appear on this website are not reviewed ahead of time and differ for each visitor. If anything offensive, inappropriate, or otherwise unwholesome appears, please notify us so we can take steps to block that specific advertiser. Email the URL or advertiser name to [email protected].