Cannabis a Substitute to Opioids or Sleep Meds for Many

It is telling that more people are turning to cannabis rather than pharmaceutical medications to treat pain and sleep issues. Here is another of many such studies that show that people are finding real relief from medicinal cannabis.

Cannabis a Substitute to Opioids or Sleep Meds for Many

For many, cannabis is replacing over-the-counter painkillers, prescription opioids and sleep aids.

The findings stem from a survey of 1,000 people who use marijuana in Colorado, where it is legal. Of the 65% who said they use pot to quell pain, 80% said it was very or extremely helpful.

A similar percentage said they had been able to cut back on use of over-the-counter painkillers by using pot instead, and 88% said they stopped taking opioids, the study found.

Three-quarters of the interviewees said they used pot to help them sleep. Of those, 84% said it helped, and 83% said they were no longer using over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids.

On the plus side, marijuana users are not at risk of the respiratory arrest opioids can cause, and pot won’t make you dependent as some sleep medicines do, she said.

Also, people can become dependent on sleeping pills, which leave them groggy during the day and affect their work, she said.
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