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Medical cannabis relieved pain, decreased opioid use in elderly

Key clinical point: Medical cannabis was safe, effective, and associated with reduced opioid use in elderly patients.

Major finding: With an average exposure time of 16.8 weeks, 69% of patients reported improved symptoms, including relief of chronic pain and improvements in sleep, anxiety, and neuropathy.

Study details: Retrospective chart review of 204 subjects 75 years of age or older participating in New York State’s medical marijuana program.

Disclosures: The study was supported by the Dent Family Foundation.


Bargnes V et al. AAN 2019, Abstract P4.1-014.