Medical Marijuana Use is a Marker for Serious Problems in Pain Patients

A top Australian addiction research team has conducted what I believe is the first study of how pain patients on opioid medication use medical marijuana. One finding that will surprise some people is that the subset of pain patients who use medical marijuana have far worse problems in every domain than those who use opioids alone. Details are available in my latest post at Stanford University School of Medicine’s SCOPE blog.

Author: Keith Humphreys

Keith Humphreys is the Esther Ting Memorial Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University and an Honorary Professor of Psychiatry at Kings College London. His research, teaching and writing have focused on addictive disorders, self-help organizations (e.g., breast cancer support groups, Alcoholics Anonymous), evaluation research methods, and public policy related to health care, mental illness, veterans, drugs, crime and correctional systems. Professor Humphreys' over 300 scholarly articles, monographs and books have been cited over thirteen thousand times by scientific colleagues. He is a regular contributor to Washington Post and has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Monthly, San Francisco Chronicle, The Guardian (UK), The Telegraph (UK), Times Higher Education (UK), Crossbow (UK) and other media outlets.