There is plenty of evidence that in places where cannabis is legal the amount of opioid-related deaths plummets. It’s been generally thought that this decrease in deaths is because those with chronic pain have replaced their pharmaceutical medications with cannabis use. But a recent study has found that using low doses of opioids together with cannabis can have the same effect as using higher doses of opioids.
The research, published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, has found through clinical trial data that cannabis used alongside “subtherapeutic doses” (lower doses than what normally would be effective) of oxycodone relieved pain at the same level as a higher dose of oxycodone.
The study was conducted by researchers from the United States and Australia. It was a placebo-controlled, double-blind study that included three groups: one that was given cannabis, one given oxycodone, and one given a combination of both. The two substances were found to work synergistically together.
According to the research “Both active cannabis and a low dose of oxycodone (2.5 mg) were sub-therapeutic, failing to elicit analgesia on their own, however, when administered together, pain responses were significantly reduced, pointing to the opioid-sparing effects of cannabis.”
Patients currently on high doses of opioids could benefit from this information by lowering the amount of dangerous medications they take and using cannabis as a way to achieve the same results.Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 10:17pm 9 months ago
Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.