Patients Using Medical Marijuana To Control Chronic Pain Reported A 64 Percent Reduction In Their Use Of More Traditional Prescription Pain Medications Known As Opioids, A University Of Michigan Study Finds.the 185 Patients From A Medical Marijuana Dispensary In Ann Arbor Also Reported Fewer Side Effects From Their Medications And A 45-percent Improvement In Quality Of Life Since Using Cannabis To Manage Pain. [ 3 ] There Is A Growing Body Of Evidence To Support The Use Of Medical Cannabis As An Adjunct To Or Substitute For Prescription Opiates In The Treatment Of Chronic Pain.

Posted February 12, 2017 11:26 pm – Updated February 12, 2017 11:48 pm A heroin epidemic in Kansas Two weeks back http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.biz/ while in a hearing, I watched a law enforcement officer get up and speak to a rising heroin epidemic in Kansas. “The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says, nationally, imports of heroin have increased sevenfold since 2008. In Kansas, the KBI saw a 36 percent increase in heroin in 2015 and is on track for an 87 percent increase for 2016.” [ 1 ] In a November 17th, 2016 WIBW article, Melissa Brunner shared that 80% of heroin addicts get started with prescription opioids, whereas last month, the Wichita Eagle Beacon reported that Wichita has seen a spike in heroin deaths. [ 2 ] Notice the spike in Oxycodone deaths and know that K-TRACS , a patient monitoring system, has been in place since 2008. “Patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64 percent reduction in their use of more traditional prescription pain medications known as opioids, a University of Michigan study finds.The 185 patients from a medical marijuana dispensary in Ann Arbor also reported fewer side effects from their medications and a 45-percent improvement in quality of life since using cannabis to manage pain.” [ 3 ] “There is a growing body of evidence to support the use of medical cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for prescription opiates in the treatment of chronic pain. When used in conjunction with opiates, cannabinoids lead to a greater cumulative relief of pain, resulting in a reduction in the use of opiates (and associated side-effects) by patients in a clinical setting. Additionally, cannabinoids can prevent the development of tolerance to and withdrawal from opiates, and can even rekindle opiate analgesia after a prior dosage has become ineffective. Novel research suggests that cannabis may be useful in the treatment of problematic substance use.” [ 4 ] A 2014 study compared opioid deaths in states that have medical marijuana laws, and states that don’t have this provision. “Researchers quickly noticed that the rates of fatal opioid overdoses were significantly lower in states that had legalized medical marijuana.

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