CBD & Opioid Use

Can CBD Reduce opioid usage?

Purple Leaf Bath

Jan 21, 2022

People in the medical Marijuana and Hemp industry have been on their toes to get more scientific research to inform the public more in depth about the benefits of Cannabis. A study published in 2020 shows that CBD may help reduce opioid usage in chronic pain patients. 

This is a huge claim. We have all seen the devastating damage opioid addiction has done to people all over the world, but we also understand  the necessity for this medication. If more evidence can confirm what this new data says, this can be the saving grace for pain patients. Can this also be an option to help addicts find a safer and less harmful way to come off opiates? 

Here’s what they found out. The Postgraduate Medical Journal published a prospective, single-arm cohort study titled: Evaluation of the effects of CBD hemp extract on opioid use and quality of life indicators in chronic pain patients: a prospective study. This was to see how CBD can improve the pain patients quality of life without the use of opioids.

Measurement Indicators

The study was done by measuring four different indicators:

Pain Disability Index(PDI): A questionnaire with rating scales that are designed to measure the degree to which aspects of your life are disrupted by chronic pain.

Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index(PSQI): measures quality of sleep, and any disturbances over a period of time that may be associated with pain.

Pain Intensity and Interference Index(PEG):An Index in which a level of pain is measured to the extent to which pain begins to hinder the patients physical, and cognitive, abilities. 

Pain and health questionnaire(PHQ-4): A questionnaire that measures the patient’s anxiety and depression levels as associated with pain or chronic pain. 


What does this mean? According to the data in this study, CBD could reduce pain and help improve sleep in people who suffer from chronic pain and currently use opiates as a means of pain relief. This could make the patient less dependent on opiates to relieve pain.

What do you think? Is this enough evidence to show that CBD is a new means to help chronic pain patients switch over to a safer alternative?