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USA: War veterans prefer to use medicinal cannabis before opioids or benzodiazepines

This research was made to identify the use of prescription drugs and the results of using cannabis.


A group of researchers at the University of Illinois conducted a survey in which they found that most in recent years, American war veterans prefer to use medical cannabis to treat their conditions rather than opioids and benzodiazepines.

The survey was conducted by comparing two military groups: veterans and non-veterans. This research was made to identify the use of prescription drugs and the outcomes of medical cannabis.

Both groups report similar levels of pain, quality of life, sleep quality and social satisfaction.

“Due to the increased availability of medicinal cannabis, it is important to examine its use to treat these conditions is viable or unviable,” the study provides.

According to the results, it is more common for veterans to use cannabis, while opioids and benzodiazepines are more common in non-veteran groups.

“The survey found that veterans are more likely to use cannabis for their mental conditions, while reporting less use for pain-related conditions. Veterans were more given to using fewer opioids and benzodiazepines,” the study says.

According to the researchers, their work “provides information for those who formulate public policies around cannabis is a viable or non-viable option to decrease or replace opioids or benzodiazepines in veterans with chronic pain and mental health-related conditions.”

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