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Study show cannabis reduces pain tolerance, with guests Brian Johnson, MD, and Yanli Zhang-James, MD, PhD, on Upstate's The Informed Patient podcast

Daily use can have unintended long-term consequences

Daily cannabis use for medical reasons may worsen chronic pain over time by reducing pain tolerance, according to recent research in the American Journal on Addictions. Explaining this are Upstate's Brian Johnson, MD, and Yanli Zhang-James, MD, PhD, who note that people who use cannabis daily may be risking addiction without a long-term benefit for chronic pain. Medical cannabis is currently used as an “off label” pain treatment without Food and Drug Administration approval. Johnson is a clinical professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the recently retired director of addiction medicine at Upstate, and Zhang-James is a research associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences.