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Cannabis Outcomes: Patients’ Reports Are Positive

Improvements in Pain Interference

In an article in the Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, researchers investigated patients attempting to get medical cannabis for their chronic pain. Researchers looked at the long-term effect of cannabis on these patients through patterns of cannabis use and primary outcomes—pain intensity and interference scores—along with questionnaire answers related to depression/anxiety, neuropathic pain, quality of life, adverse events, and self-reported opioid consumption at baseline, 3, 6, and 12 months,

Of >750 participants, >85% wanted cannabis to relieve their pain. >42% were taking opioids at baseline; 29.3% at 12 months. Half of those who completed the study were still taking opioids at the 12 month follow up. The study concluded that “approximately one-third of patients in the cohort remained on medical cannabis for six months. In this cohort, pain intensity and pain-related interference scores were reduced and QoL and general health symptoms scores were improved compared with baseline.”


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