Canadian Study Finds a Link Between Starting Medical Cannabis and Stopping Drinking

Article by Angela Stelmakowich, Growth Op

WELLNESS Canadian study finds a link between starting medical cannabis and stopping drinking 43.5 per cent of study participants who used marijuana as a substitute for alcohol decreased the frequency of their drinking. By Angela Stelmakowich There is “a growing body of evidence that medical cannabis use is often associated with reductions in the use of other substances.” / Photo: rclassenlayouts / iStock / Getty Images Plus rclassenlayouts / iStock / Getty Images Plus Of the participants who reported using alcohol on at least 10 occasions in the 12 months prior to starting medical cannabis, 43.5 per cent said the frequency of their drinking fell. / Photo: Getty Images

Authorized medical marijuana patients who began using cannabis to help reduce their drinking report experiencing a reduction or even discontinuation of alcohol use, notes new research out of the University of Victoria.

The finding reflects feedback from 2,102 patients registered with Tilray, a medical cannabis research and production company in Canada. The input was received as part of the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey 2019, which gathered details on patient demographics, patterns of weed use and self-reported use of prescription drugs, alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs before and after starting medical cannabis.

Of the participants who reported using alcohol on at least 10 occasions in the 12 months prior to starting medical cannabis, 43.5 per cent said the frequency of their drinking fell. Specifically, median drinking days went from 10.5 to 8.0.

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