Is Marijuana An Effective Alternative For Pain Management?

Hundreds of doctors from around the world are in Boston this week for the International Conference on Opioids, a three-day event to educate medical professionals on how to effectively treat patients without contributing to the opioid epidemic. Some consider medical marijuana to be an effective alternative to conventional prescription drugs for treating pain. Dr. Mark Ware, an associate professor in family medicine and anesthesia at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, is a keynote speaker at the conference and spoke with WGBH’s Morning Edition anchor Joe Mathieu about alternative methods for pain management. The following transcript has been edited for clarity.

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