Marijuana does not interfere with buprenorphine treatment of opioid use disorder

September 11, 2018

Here's another study that shows that use of marijuana during medication-assisted

treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) is benign. OUD patients on buprenorphine had NO

difference in outcome whether they used marijuana or not during this treatment. So evidence

keeps piling up that marijuana is an EXIT drug from opioids. This information is new and

important.

By the way, this adds more evidence to the CDC recommendation for doctors not to test patients

on opioids for marijuana. There is NO evidence that marijuana use on opioid therapy or MAT

replacement therapy is bad for patients. There IS good evidence that marijuana use on opioid

therapy and MAT replacement therapy is neutral or beneficial to these patients. So stop testing

for marijuana already.

New York State has made OUD an indication for medical marijuana, which is a very enlightened

policy. Our own experience shows that marijuana can help with the cravings and pain that

sometimes occurs when people are trying to get off of opioids. THC and CBD really work and

they should be used by a lot more people trying recover from opioids.

All people need is a document that shows they are currently in an OUD program and we can start

medical marijuana to help them get their lives back on track.