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New research suggests daily cannabis use could be effective alternative to opioids for chronic pain (BCCSU)

Sarah Blyth, founding member of High Hopes Cannabis Collective, which helps people get access to medical cannabis as a replacement for opioids, outside the facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, on Nov. 28, 2019. (Photo credit: The Globe and Mail)
Sarah Blyth, founding member of High Hopes Cannabis Collective, which helps people get access to medical cannabis as a replacement for opioids, outside the facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, on Nov. 28, 2019. (Photo credit: The Globe and Mail)

Don Durban has been using opioids for years to cope with chronic pain in his feet from diabetic swelling. He also once sought out the drugs to help with symptoms of pancreatitis.

But the Vancouver man and many others are now using cannabis as an alternative means to alleviate symptoms.

His experience is supported by science. New research from the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use suggests that daily cannabis use could be an effective alternative to opioids for people suffering from chronic pain.

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