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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
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Marijuana & Medical Marijuana, Cannabis & Cannabinoid, Acute & Chronic Pain, Opiates & Opioids, Addiction & Addiction Profile, Mortality, Opioid Deaths, Marijuana Deaths, Quality of Life
Medicine and Health Sciences
Eastep, Carl David, "The Impact of Medical Marijuana on the Opioid Crisis" (2019). Physician Assistant Scholarly Project Posters. 174.