Investigators concluded, “Among those prescribed high doses of opioids, there were significant reductions in opioid consumption” relative to matched controls.
Authors reviewed data from 46 randomized clinical trials involving 2,800 patients; they reported, “None of the studies reported serious cardiovascular events.”
Most veterans said that cannabis reduced their chronic pain, improved their sleep, and led to improvements in their overall quality of life.
Most respondents said that they did not discuss their cannabis use with their primary health care providers.
The use of cannabis has been correlated with significant improvements in pain and other symptoms in patients with refractory fibromyalgia.
“In sum, the findings from the current study … provide further support of previous research questioning the causal claims of the marijuana gateway hypothesis.”
Investigators concluded, “Our findings do not support the mainstream perception of cannabis users as living sedentary lifestyles.”
DEA agents and their partners confiscated approximately 4.54 million cannabis plants last year – a nearly 20 percent increase over 2019’s totals.