A recent study in Arizona found that medical marijuana cardholders reduced their consumption of pharmaceuticals with marijuana. The study was published online in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
Researchers associated with the Medical Marijuana Research Institute in Mesa surveyed 367 Arizona medical marijuana patients. A majority of the surveyed group consisted of males in their mid-40s that are daily marijuana users.
Patients typically stated that marijuana provided “a lot of relief” or “almost complete relief” of their medical symptoms and that its efficacy was greater than that of pharmaceuticals.
Over 70% of respondents reported using other medications “a little less frequently” or “much less frequently.”
In July, a study published in the National Bureau of Economic Research said that “[S]tates permitting medical marijuana dispensaries experience a relative decrease in both opioid addictions and opioid overdose deaths compared to states that do not.”