New research suggests cannabis may reduce pain, depression, and opioid use among cancer patients

A new study has found that the use of medical marijuana decreased the intensity of pain experienced by cancer patients, and provided a safe and effective alternative to opioids for some.

The use of cannabis was also found to have a positive effect on anxiety relief, mood elevation, and the alleviation of depression—which are significant quality-of-life issues for people dealing with cancer.

More than half of all patients using cannabis quit all other pain relievers by the end of the study period.

The study, The Effectiveness and Safety of Medical Cannabis for Treating Cancer Related Symptoms in Oncology Patients, was published in the peer-reviewed…

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