Survey: More Americans considering marijuana and cannabinoids for pain

(BPT) - Millennials lead the escalating interest in marijuana and cannabinoid compounds for managing pain — with older generations not far behind — yet most are unaware of potential risks. Three-quarters (75%) of Americans who expressed interest in using marijuana or cannabinoids to address pain think they are safer or have fewer side effects than opioids or other medications, according to a nationwide survey commissioned by the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA).

More than two-thirds of those surveyed said they have used or would consider using marijuana or cannabinoid compounds — including cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — to manage pain. Nearly three-quarters of millennials fall in that category, with 37% noting they have used them for pain. Two-thirds of Gen Xers and baby boomers expressed interest, with 25% of Gen Xers and 18% of baby boomers saying they have used them for pain.