A new University of Michigan study finds three in ten of adult patients dealing with chronic pain are turning to medical marijuana.
Dr. Mark Bicket is the co-director of U of M’s Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network. He says researchers were surprised to see how many adult patients were turning to medical marijuana to deal with chronic pain and not just that.
“The fact that it was decreasing both prescription opioid use and use of other medicines was surprising to us,” said Bicket.
Bicket says more research needs to be done into the effects of medical marijuana.
“We don’t know how safe and effective cannabis is for chronic pain,” Bicket said, “And that’s in part because cannabis isn’t really regulated the same way that prescription drugs are.”
Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states, including Michigan.
The study appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association.