Cannabis is no better than a placebo for treating pain, 20 studies show

Many people use cannabis for pain relief. (Image credit: photolona/ Shutterstock)

Cannabis is one of the most widely used drugs (opens in new tab) in the world. While there are few countries where cannabis is legal for recreational use, many more countries have legalized the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes (opens in new tab).

reduce pain (opens in new tab) is one of the most common reasons people report using medicinal cannabis. According to a US national survey, 17% of respondents (opens in new tab) who reported having used cannabis in the past year were prescribed medical cannabis. When it comes to self-medication, the numbers are even higher – with estimates ranging from 17-30% (opens in new tab) of adults in North America, Europe and Australia report using it to treat pain.

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