Using cannabis every day can help people manage chronic pain and reduce illicit ...

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Using cannabis every day made illicit opioid users less likely to turn their drugs, a new study suggests. 

Researchers found that daily cannabis users were two times less to use illegal drugs like heroin or painkillers they got from the street or were not prescribed to them, to treat their aches. 

Daily marijuana users were also more likely to report several therapeutic uses of pot such as for treating nausea and improving sleep. 

The team, from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use (BCCSU) and the University of British Columbia (UBC), says the findings indicate that cannabis might not only be a good way to alleviate pain, but that it could reduce the number of people using opioids.  

A new study from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use has found that daily cannabis users were 50% less likely to use illicit opioids, such as heroin, to manage their chronic pain (file image)

A new study from the British Columbia Centre on Substance Use has found that daily cannabis users were 50% less likely to use illicit opioids, such as heroin, to manage their chronic pain (file image)

In 2017, more than 70,200 Americans died from drug overdoses after taking illicit drugs like fentanyl, prescription painkillers like OxyContin, or a combination of the two categories. 

Past research has suggested that medical marijuana could be used alongside opioids, or replace them entirely, to relieve pain.

But there are still many questions on the safety and efficacy of such treatment regimens, and study results on the relationship between cannabis use and opioid misuse have varied wildly. 

In fact, another study, released earlier today by researchers at McMaster University, found that cannabis use did not reduce opioid use during treatment for addiction and

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