Nearly 3 Out of 4 Patients Say Weed Helps with Opioid Withdrawal, Study Finds

By Randy Robinson | | April 15, 2020

Researchers at one of America’s top medical research institutions said the study’s results were so profound that they warranted clinical trials to test cannabis’s ability to treat opioid addiction.

Medical researchers at Johns Hopkins University say there’s now enough evidence that cannabis could be one solution for the worldwide opioid epidemic. 

A recent study conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Medical School surveyed 200 people who said they consumed both marijuana and opioid painkillers. The survey sought to uncover whether these respondents thought that cannabis helped or worsened their struggle with opioid addiction.

Of the 200 total respondents, 125 said they used weed to deal with the painful withdrawal symptoms associated with heavy opioid use. Almost three out of four respondents, or 72 percent, said cannabis helped them get through the harrowing withdrawal period, which can last for days if not weeks. Only 6.4 percent said that cannabis made the withdrawals worse. The remainder reported mixed results or no effects at all.

The symptoms that respondents said weed helped with the most were “anxiety (76.2 percent of respondents), tremors (54.1 percent), trouble sleeping (48.4 percent), bone and muscle aches (45.9 percent), restlessness (45.1 percent), nausea (38.5 percent) and opioid cravings (37.7 percent),” reported Ben Adlin at Marijuana Moment.

“The most common symptoms reportedly made worse were yawning (7.4 percent), runny nose (6.6 percent), teary eyes (6.6 percent), restlessness (5.7 percent), vomiting (5.7 percent) and hot flashes (5.7 percent),” he continued.

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