New study finds 93 percent of pain patients prefer cannabis over opioids

When it comes to managing pain, an overwhelming amount of patients prefer medical cannabis to opioids, a new study found.

The study, published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, pulled from a sample of 2,810 cannabis users, 828 of which had used opioids in the last six months to manage their pain. Ninety-three percent of those who used opioids said they strongly agreed or agreed that they would be more likely to choose cannabis to treat their condition if it were more readily available.

“This study can conclude that medical cannabis patients report successfully using cannabis along with or as a substitute for opioid-based pain medication,” the team reported.

Even more impressive, 97 percent either strongly agreed or agreed that they are able to decrease the amount of opioids they consume when they also use cannabis; 89 percent confirmed taking opioids produces unwanted side effects such as constipation or nausea and 81 percent agreed taking cannabis by itself was more effective at treating their condition than taking cannabis with opioids.

Check out the chart below to see how the study sample responded to other questions.


Although opioids are widely prescribed for pain treatment, nearly 100 people die per day due to abusive opioid usage according to the CDC. Alternatively, there are no recorded deaths from a cannabis overdose.

“Prescription drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. Alternatives to opioids for the treatment of pain are necessary to address this issue,” the study explains