In the U.S. more states have legalized cannabis consumption, many more people will likely use medical marijuana as a supplement to or substitution for prescription drugs, says a University of Michigan researcher.

A new study by Daniel Kruger of the U-M Institute for Social Research found that 44 percent of medicinal cannabis clients had already halted taking pharmaceutical medications, or utilized less of it.

The study conducted by Kruger and his co-author Jessica Kruger a clinical assistant professor at the University of Buffalo, was done to assess attitudes and use of medical cannabis and the mainstream health care system.

From the 392 usable responses, the majority (78 percent) reported using marijuana to help treat a medical or health condition. Users also had more trust in medical cannabis compared to mainstream health care, in part, because they rated marijuana better than pharmaceutical drugs on effectiveness, side effects, availability and cost.

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