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• The opioid crisis dictates the need for research into alternative treatments for acute and chronic pain.
• Comprehensive literature review was conducted to determine if medical marijuana might play a role in the treatment of acute and chronic pain.
• The addiction profiles of medical marijuana and prescription opiates were compared along with the adverse effects and quality of life.
• No use for medical marijuana for the treatment of acute pain.
• Likely some benefits from medical marijuana for chronic pain.
• Addictive profile
• Marijuana – marijuana withdrawal syndrome.
• Prescription Opiates – highly addictive
• Adverse Effects
• Prescription Opiates > Marijuana
Physician Assistant Studies
Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
Marijuana & Medical Marijuana; Cannabis & Cannabinoid; Acute & Chronic Pain; Opiates & Opioids; Addiction & Addiction Profile; Mortality; Opioid Deaths; Marijuana Deaths; Quality of Life
Eastep, Carl David, "The Impact of Medical Marijuana on the Opioid Crisis" (2019). Physician Assistant Scholarly Project Posters. 136.