Study: Medical Cannabis Helps Patients Reduce Harmful Drinking Habits

A study by Canadian researchers suggests that 43.5 percent of patients who began using medical cannabis to mitigate harmful alcohol habits were able to reduce the frequency of their alcohol use or quit entirely.

The researchers found that median drinking days from study participants went from 10.5 to eight.

The study included information from the Canadian Cannabis Patient Survey 2019 from patients registered with Tilray. Of the 2,102 surveyed, 973 participants reported past or current alcohol use and 44 percent of those (419) reported decreasing alcohol-use frequency over the last 30 days, 34 percent (323) decreased the number of drinks per week, while 8 percent (76) reported using no alcohol over the 30 days prior to the survey.

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