Cannabis Use Does Not Impede Opioid Addiction Recovery, According To Major Study

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For many people struggling with opioid use disorder (OUD), accessing life-saving medications like methadone and buprenorphine (MOUD) has been hampered by a surprising hurdle: the requirement to abstain from cannabis. A new study published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse challenges this policy, finding no significant link between cannabis use and relapse on non-medical opioids among patients receiving MOUD. “Cannabis use should not be a barrier to receiving life-saving medications for opioid use disorder,” said lead investigator Dr. Joao P. De Aquino of Yale University. “Polic…

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