A new study has found that many patients stop using benzodiazepine after receiving medical cannabis. The findings have been published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
Benzodiazepines are a class of medications used to treat conditions such as anxiety and insomnia. They include Alprazolam (Xanax, Niravam) diazepam (Valium), clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan) and others.
The researchers observed significant benzodiazepine discontinuation rates in 146 medical cannabis patients, who were all regularly consuming benzodiazepines at the beginning of the study. Approximately 45 percent of patients had stopped taking benzodiazepine medication within about six months of beginning medical cannabis.