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Daily Cannabis Can Cut Illicit Opioid Use For Those With Chronic Pain (Dr. M-J Milloy, BCCSU)

Mr. M-J Milloy, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). (Photo credit: BCCSU)
Mr. M-J Milloy, PhD, is a Research Scientist at the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC). (Photo credit: BCCSU)

For people in chronic pain who are tempted to use illicit opioids, a new study reveals that cannabis can act as an effective and much less dangerous alternative to help manage pain.

The findings, published in the journal PLOS Medicine, show that participants in pain who used cannabis every day had nearly 50 percent reduced odds of using illicit opioids every day compared to cannabis non-users.

“These findings, in combination with past research, again demonstrate that people are using cannabis to help manage many different conditions, including pain. And in some cases, they’re using cannabis in place of opioids,” said senior author Dr. M-J Milloy, a research scientist at the BC Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the Canopy Growth professor of cannabis science at the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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