The Cannabis Substitution Effect: This is About More than Just Opioid Epidemics.
Among New England dispensary members, the results of medical cannabis are stark:
- 76.7% of respondents reported that they reduced their opioid use since starting medical cannabis.
- 71.8% reported reductions in anti-anxiety medications.
- 66.7% reported reductions in migraine medications.
- 65.2% reported reductions in sleep medications.
- 42% reported reductions in alcohol consumption.
- 37.6% reported reductions in antidepressants.
These results reconfirm that medical cannabis reduces opioid use, and now we also know that medical cannabis reduces use of alcohol, antidepressants, and a field of other medications. The team is quick to caution that these results were based on self-reporting and then repeated a far too common refrain, “Additional research is needed.”