Washington: The use of marijuana regularly may not help patients control pain and depression during the treatment of opioid addiction.
The research, published in the journal Addictive Behaviors, involved 150 patients.
Previous Studies have shown that almost two-thirds of patients receiving drug-badisted treatment for opioid addiction also have chronic pain and many experience depression.
About 67 percent of the patients surveyed by the researchers said they had used marijuana in the last month.
"Some admit that they use it only for recreational purposes, but a large number say they use it to help with pain, sleep, and their mood," said Marian Wilson of Washington State University in the US. . UU  "We have no evidence from this study that cannabis helps with these problems – in fact, the relationship between pain and depression and anxiety increased with the frequency of marijuana use," he said. 19659002] The study found that overdose rates of opioids have more than tripled in the past two decades and are now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States. UU
Patients believe that using marijuana helps them with their symptoms, but the results of the study could indicate the opposite is true for those in addiction treatment: that by strengthening the connection between feelings of pain and emotional distress, it makes them harder to manage your symptoms.