Medical marijuana an effective opioid alternative: Study

A small sample of medical marijuana users in Illinois say the drug has been effective in reducing their reliance on other prescription drugs, including opioids for pain, according to a new study published in the September issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.

Participants told researchers with DePaul and Rush universities in Chicago they used medical marijuana as an alternative to using prescription or over-the-counter medications, as complementary use with prescription medications, and as a means for tapering off prescription medications, according to an abstract of the study. to Original Article