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Medical Marijuana Use Rising Among Cancer Patients

As legal cannabis has spread to dozens of states, many older Americans are adding marijuana use to that roster of senior activities like golf and bingo. Recent studies show people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users.

Americans with cancer are more likely to use marijuana and prescription opioids than those without cancer, and the use of medical marijuana by this group is on the rise, new research shows.

Pain is common among cancer patients, but many do not get adequate pain relief, the researchers noted.

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The new study looked at more than 800 adults with cancer who took part in the US National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2005 and 2014. The patients were compared with about 1 650 adults without cancer.

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The findings showed that 40% of the cancer patients had used marijuana within the past year, compared with 38% of those without cancer.

People with cancer were also more likely to use prescription opioids than those without the disease – nearly 14% versus just over 6%, respectively.

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Published: May 06, 2019

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