Effect of cannabis use in people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids: findings from a 4-year prospective cohort study
OPEN The Lancet. Public health | 7 Jul 2018
G Campbell, WD Hall, A Peacock, N Lintzeris, R Bruno, B Larance, S Nielsen, M Cohen, G Chan, RP Mattick, F Blyth, M Shanahan, T Dobbins, M Farrell and L Degenhardt
Interest in the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain is increasing, because of their potential to reduce opioid dose requirements. We aimed to investigate cannabis use in people living with chronic non-cancer pain who had been prescribed opioids, including their reasons for use and perceived effectiveness of cannabis; associations between amount of cannabis use and pain, mental health, and opioid use; the effect of cannabis use on pain severity and interference over time; and potential opioid-sparing effects of cannabis.
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