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2023 Jan 27




Cannabis-opioid interaction in the treatment of fibromyalgia pain: an open-label, proof of concept study with randomization between treatment groups: cannabis, oxycodone or cannabis/oxycodone combination-the SPIRAL study.


Opioids continue to be widely prescribed for chronic noncancer pain, despite the awareness that opioids provide only short-time pain relief, lead to dose accumulation, have numerous adverse effects, and are difficult to wean. As an alternative, we previously showed advantages of using pharmaceutical-grade cannabis in a population of chronic pain patients with fibromyalgia. It remains unknown whether combining an opioid with pharmaceutical-grade cannabis has advantages, such as fewer side effects from lesser opioid consumption in chronic pain.