Research shows people with chronic pain or mental health issues prefer taking cannabis over prescription opioid medications to treat symptoms.

Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Researchers from the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria have found patients prefer cannabis over opioid medication to treat chronic pain and mental health issues.

"This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of licensed producers, meaning that all participants had physician authorization to access cannabis in addition to their prescription medicines," Associate Professor Zach Walsh of UBC and co-author of the study, said in a press release.

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