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2020 May 12

J Psychosom Res


Depression level, not pain severity, is associated with smoked medical marijuana dosage among chronic pain patients.


Feingold D, Bril S, Goor-Aryeh I, Delayahu Y, Lev-Ran S
J Psychosom Res. 2020 May 12; 135:110130.
PMID: 32417435.


The use of medical marijuana (MM) for the treatment of chronic pain is rapidly growing in the United States and Europe; however there is concern regarding the specificity of its therapeutic effects and the motivation underlying its use. While research indicates that among chronic pain prescribed opioids, depression has been associated with increased opioid dosage (regardless of pain levels), the extent to which depression and pain each contribute to MM dose among chronic pain patients is yet unknown.