• “81% “strongly agreed/agreed” that cannabis by itself was more effective then opioids to treat their pain”

  • Pain accounted for 63% of reported conditions treated with cannabis.

    > Pain was the most common condition for which respondents reported using cannabis with 16% reporting that as their primary condition. However, when accounting for all pain-related conditions (menstrual cramps, fibromyalgia, back pain and arthritis, etc.) that rises to 63%.

    Anxiety, insomnia, and depression are the next most common disorders that people used cannabis to treat.

    > Figure 1

    97% of the (sub)participants reported that they were able to reduce their opiate dose by using cannabis. This is not particularly surprising given that [THC (and CBD)
    is a positive allosteric modulator of opioid receptors](https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16489449)

    > Figure 2

    93% of participants report that they prefer cannabis to opiates. Not too surprising given that 92% stated that they at least agree (or strongly agree) that the side effects experienced from cannabis are more tolerable than those experienced from opiates.

    > Figure 2

    There were similar self-reported efficacy results comparing OTC analgesics to cannabis as well. No mention of side effects, though. This is not particularly surprising given that OTC analgesics are not known for perceivable side effects. I would like to see the question/results comparing cannabis side effects to OTC analgesic side effects. Without it, I think the paper is *slightly* slanted, although minimally.

    > Figure 3

    This is an interesting study on self-reported efficacy of cannabis in comparison to common analgesics. Much more work needs to be done on this topic, but it is refreshing to see these types of studies to counter/support the common anecdotal evidence that most people hear.

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