Yet Another Study Shows MMJ Decreases Prescription Drug Use

By David Jenison on October 5, 2017

The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine recently published "Effects of Legal Access to Cannabis on Scheduled II–V Drug Prescriptions" and found that the use of medical cannabis (MMJ) reduces the use of potentially "dangerous" prescription drugs. For the study, researchers observed 83 chronic pain patients who enrolled in MMJ programs between 2010 and 2015, tracking their prescription drug use from six months before starting an MMJ program to 18 months after. At the same time, the researchers tracked 42 non-enrolled patients who served as the control group. 

You'll never guess what happened! Actually, you probably can if you're familiar with all the other recent studies. During the final six months of the observation period, one person in the control group stopped using all prescription medications, while 28 MMJ patients had. In other words, the MMJ patients were 17 times more likely to ditch all of their pharmaceuticals. These were pain patients, so it's safe to assume that many of the scheduled drugs were opioid painkillers. 

Furthermore, the study found no difference in prescription drug use in either group during the six-month period before enrollment. The MMJ patients only started ditching their pharmaceuticals after they enrolled in an MMJ program. Once enrolled, the patients demonstrated a "statistically significant" reduction in prescription drug use, whereas the control group on average did not reduce its use. 

Per the researchers, "Legal access to cannabis may reduce the use of multiple classes of dangerous prescription medications in certain patient populations."

Legal Cannabis Raises Property Values

Cannabis-Causes-Violence Study Reeks of BS

5 Best Spring ’18 Trends from Fashion Month

Inmates Explain the Cannabis Trade in Prison

Groundhog Day: Another Study Shows Legalization Decreases Youth Use

LSD Might Save Lives from Suicide

National Coming Out Day Is About More than Sexual Preference

Cannabis Prohibition Is Older Than…

Scientific Discovery Paves the Way for Medical Shrooms

Researchers Claim Cannabis Can Cause Spontaneous Orgasms

Safe Sex: Cannabis vs. Alcohol

Santa Claus Busted for Growing Cannabis

A Majority of Test Subjects Called This Experience Life Changing

Cannabis Prohibition Turns 80

Dave Beran Challenges the LA Food Scene with Dialogue