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U Michigan Launches Cannabis Study on Chronic Pain

July 25, 2018
Researchers to examine how medical marijuana impacts pain management

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The University of Michigan is launching two surveys on medical cannabis and are calling for patients to participate.1 In an announcement, researchers noted that they are seeking information that “will help inform physicians, researchers, policy-makers, and patients about potential benefits and risks of cannabis as a therapeutic or recreational agent.”

Practical Pain Management spoke to lead researcher Kevin Boehnke, PhD, about the team’s goals. “In this climate, many people are turning to cannabis for pain management, and my previous research and many other studies have suggested that people with chronic pain are using cannabis as an opioid substitute due to better symptom management and fewer adverse effects,” he said.

The first survey will examine how medical cannabis use among patients with a variety of chronic pain conditions affects pain relief, quality of life, and the need to use other medications. Those over age 18 who already hold a medical cannabis license for chronic pain are allowed to participate in an online, anonymous survey. Researchers are specifically seeking patients who “either have been using cannabis for chronic pain management for less than six months or plan to but have not started using cannabis for chronic pain management.” The second survey will determine a baseline, as well as results at 3, 6, 9, and 12 months.

“I would like our findings to contribute to the ongoing national conversation about proper medical use of cannabis so that we can move past the inaccurate and polarizing positions of cannabis as either a panacea or poison,” Dr. Boehnke explained. “That way, we can make sensible decisions about how to approach cannabis in society.”

Study participants will be compensated after completing each survey, and Dr. Boehnke noted that these studies are ongoing. Interested parties can click here to be taken to the survey (password is UMsurvey).

Last updated on: July 27, 2018
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