Mixing Weed with Opioids May Be a Bad Idea, Study Says

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Researchers found that patients who combined weed with opioids experienced higher levels of anxiety and depression, raising new concerns as federal cannabis legalization looms.

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Medical cannabis is often touted as a safer alternative to addictive opioid painkillers. But a new study suggests doubling up on weed and opioids could lead to greater levels of anxiety and depression. 

Appearing in the July/August edition of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the study looked at 450 US patients who suffered from moderate to severe pain for longer than three months. Patients who combined cannabis with opioids not only experienced more anxiety and depression than patients who only took opioids, they were more likely to use tobacco, alcohol, sedatives,...

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