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High on Healing: How Cannabis is Substituting Traditional Pain Medications

Looks like chronic pain patients have found a new best bud in marijuana! According to a new study by the American Medical Association (AMA), one in three chronic pain patients are ditching traditional pain meds for the green stuff.

Researchers from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University found that more than half of adults who used cannabis to manage their chronic pain reported decreasing their use of prescription opioids, non-opioid prescriptions, and over-the-counter pain medications.

The latest research from the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University is adding to the growing evidence that cannabinoids can be a game-changer for managing pain. Not only do they work as effective pain management tools, but also as a substitute for certain pharmaceuticals, making them a natural choice for many patients.

The study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Substance Use And Addiction, took a deep dive into the habits of 1,724 adults aged 18 and above living in 36 states plus Washington D.C. The data was collected between March and April 2022 and analyzed by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) AmeriSpeak panel, giving a comprehensive look at the use of cannabis among chronic pain patients.