According to a new university study, patients are choosing medical cannabis over pharmaceutical medication because it’s less addictive.

The University of British Columbia and University of Victoria collaborated on the study, connecting with 473 respondents via a 414 page cross-sectional survey. The findings showed that 80% of participants used cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, 50% used cannabis as a substitute for alcohol, and 30% used as a substitute for illicit drugs like cocaine.

The fact that cannabis was substituted for all three classes of substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role and may have implications for abstinence-based substance use treatment approaches.

Check out the study abstract below & tell us what you think in the comments!