USciences event considers marijuana as ‘condom of the opioid crisis’

With Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program just getting off the ground, the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia hosted a discussion Thursday night looking at whether pot has a place in alleviating the state’s opioid crisis.

Speakers talked about recent research suggesting that the availability of medical cannabis may help reduce opioid misuse and overdose deaths. The event also explored potential uses of marijuana in harm reduction and addiction treatment, as a safer substitute for drugs such as heroin or prescription painkillers.

Multiple studies have found fewer opioid-related deaths in states that allow legal medical marijuana. The most recent one, which was conducted by the RAND Corporation, found that the type of laws states have passed matters. The reduction was much greater in states that allow dispensaries where patients can buy the drug, as opposed to just letting people grow it on their own.... read more at: