The effects of marijuana and opioids are different, in strength and risk factors: where marijuana may cause dependence, opioid medications can go further and cause addiction. Where opioid medication can cause liver and brain damage and overdose, marijuana might cause anxiety and disorientation but never overdose.

Neither is officially determined to be better than the other. But there are many ways that we can compare the two in the use of pain medication. So far, there isn’t another country in the world that matches the United States’ devastating opioid epidemic. Marijuana might be a less risky way to combat pain, but it isn’t without its own problems.



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