ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota health officials say many medical marijuana users report significant reductions in pain.
More than 60 percent of the more than 2,200 patients surveyed by the state report benefits from using marijuana in inhaled or pill forms during the first five months after Minnesota approved cannabis to treat pain.READ MORE: Fmr. Substitute Teacher Pleads Guilty To ‘Sextortion Scheme’ Involving More Than 10 Minors
The report surveyed patients who used cannabis in 2016 for the first time to treat chronic pain.
More than 350 patients involved in the study initially reported using opioid painkillers. Nearly 63 percent reported reduced or eliminated opioid usage after six months of using medical cannabis.READ MORE: University Of North Dakota Aerospace School Halts Flights After Student Dies In Crash
Officials believe the results are encouraging, but say more research is necessary.
About 10 percent of patients reported no benefit, while as much as 40 percent experienced mild side effects such as fogginess or fatigue.MORE NEWS: State Auditor: St. Paul School Lost $4.3 Million In Risky Hedge Fund Investment
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