Medical pot smokers cut down their use of prescription tranquilizers, study finds

published on April 10, 2017 by Jayson MacLean in cantech letter

A study on marijuana use has found that 40 per cent of patients prescribed medical cannabis to treat pain and anxiety were able to eliminate their use of tranquilizers like Valium and Xanax within 90 days.

Results of the new study —which has yet to be approved for peer-reviewed publication — were presented at a recent meeting of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids (CCIC) in Toronto. Conducted by the marijuana clinic company, Canabo, the study looked at data from over 1,500 patients and found that 40 per cent of those prescribed medical cannabis cut their use of benzodiazepines within 90 days and 45 per cent eliminated benzodiazepines within a year of using medical cannabis.

The decline in prescription drug use in connection with the use of medically prescribed marijuana has also been documented in the United States where declines in opioid overdoses have been tracked in states where medical marijuana has been legalized, says Dr. Thomas Kerr, researcher with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. “This isn’t surprising and we’re seeing the same effect all over the place measured in different ways,” Dr. Kerr said, to the Globe and Mail.

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