Study: Majority Of Chronic Pain Patients Replace Opioids With Cannabis

"Most patients in the pain groups reported replacing prescription medications with medicinal cannabis, the most common of which were opiates/opioids across all patient groups," authors concluded.

OHIO: More than two-thirds of chronic pain patients registered to legally access medical cannabis products substitute marijuana for prescription opioids, according to data published in The Journal of Headache and Pain. Investigators from the United States and Canada assessed the use of medical cannabis and prescription drugs in a cohort of over 2,000 Canadian patients licensed to access marijuana Read the full article…

Patients Use Fewer Opioids Following Enrollment In Medical Cannabis Program

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NEW YORK:  Patients enrolled in New York state’s medical cannabis program reduce their use of opioids and spend less money on prescription medications, according to data published online in the journal Mental Health Clinician. Investigators from GPI Clinical Research labs in Rochester and the University of Buffalo assessed trends in patients’ medical cannabis and prescription drug use following Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Exposure Not Associated With Residual Adverse Impact On Cognition

"Associations between cannabis use and cognitive functioning in cross-sectional studies of adolescents and young adults are small and may be of questionable clinical importance for most individuals."

PENNSYLVANIA:  Cannabis exposure in adolescents and young adults is not associated with any significant long-term detrimental effects on cognitive performance, according to a systematic literature review  published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry. Investigators affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine and with the Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania reviewed data from 69 separate studies published between Read the full article…

Study: Maternal Cannabis Use Not Associated With Adverse Neurodevelopment

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MARYLAND: Cannabis exposure in utero is not associated with any significant, long-lasting adverse outcomes in offspring, according to a scientific review published online ahead of print in the journal Preventive Medicine. A pair of researchers from the University of Maryland, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and the Virginia Commonwealth University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry reviewed four Read the full article…

Study: Cannabis Use Not An Independent Risk Factor For Increased Likelihood Of Psychotic Symptoms

Study: Cannabis and mental illness

PENNSYLVANIA: There exists “minimal evidence” in support of an association between cannabis use by itself and the onset of psychotic symptoms in young people, according to data published online ahead of print in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Investigators from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Psychiatry assessed the relationship between drug use and the onset of psychotic symptoms Read the full article…

Studies: Changes In Marijuana’s Legal Status Not Associated With Increased Use By Young People

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NEW YORK: Changes in marijuana’s legal status under state law is not associated with increased cannabis use or access by young people, according to pair of recently published studies. In the first study, published online in the journal Substance Use & Misuse, researchers at Columbia University in New York surveyed the marijuana use habits of a national Read the full article…