Cannabis for pain is safer than opioids

By Adie Wilson-Poe | What’s it going to take for us to recognize the value of cannabis in combating the opioid epidemic? Two recent studies published in the American Medical Association’s peer-reviewed journal demonstrate that opioid use is lower in states where doctors can recommend medical cannabis. The findings back up previous studies showing these…

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On marijuana and opioids — the DEA has no clue what it’s talking about

BY PAUL ARMENTANO | Is state-level medical cannabis access mitigating or fueling America’s opioid crisis? Testifying before Congress last week, Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) acting administrator Robert Patterson claimed the latter. But when he prompted to provide evidence in support of the agency’s position, he acknowledged that he could not. His failure…

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Cannabis Access Consistently Linked With Lower Opioid Use: Studies

 by Paul Armentano,  Patients routinely reduce or eliminate their use of prescription opiates following the use of medical cannabis; two recently published studies reaffirm this relationship. In the first study, published by the Minnesota Department of Health, investigators assessed the prescription drug use patterns of 2,245 intractable pain patients participating in the state’s…

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Health Chief pressed to OK cannabis for treatment of opioid addiction

By Daniel J. Chacón State Sen. Jeff Steinborn and Rep. Joanne Ferrary held a news conference Monday at the Capitol to bring attention to companion memorials they are sponsoring calling on Department of Health Secretary Lynn Gallagher to allow people with opioid dependence to obtain medical marijuana. Gabriela Campos/The New…

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Legal marijuana is saving lives in Colorado

By Christopher Ingraham Marijuana legalization in Colorado led to a “reversal” of opiate overdose deaths in that state, according to new research published in the American Journal of Public Health. “After Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sale and use, opioid-related deaths decreased more than 6% in the following 2 years,” write authors Melvin D.…

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