Cannabis Replacement for Opioids | PotSaver
Cannabis Replacement for Opioids
It is clear that California and the United States are faced with a very serious opioid epidemic. It seems to be consuming everybody; from teachers and principals to students in the class and parents at home. Opioids, or opiates, can be classified as anything from illegal heroin to doctor prescribed drugs, such as Percocet and Vicodin. Opioids are powerful and usually create an intoxicated-like effect. They even block your bodies transmission of pain signals.
Opioid/Opiate usage over long time periods have proven to cause addiction, physical withdrawal, and usually neurological/internal damage. This is where cannabis comes into play. Medical cannabis has been used in the treatment of insomnia, nausea, and inflammation. It can also be used for chronic pain. In some cases, medical cannabis has even been found to be as an effective pain reliever for chronic pain by the National Academies of Science.
Ways Cannabis Can Help
Cannabis is also showing great promise in weaning people off of pills or heroin whom are already addicted. Dr. Dustin Sulak in Project CBD reports, “Adding cannabis to opioids makes the opioids safer. Cannabis can prevent opioid tolerance building and the need for dose escalation. Cannabis can treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal and it’s safer than other harm-reducing options for people that are addicted, or dependent, on opioids.”
It is evident that not only can cannabis replace opioids, but it can be used as a method to wean patients before returning back to their day-to-day lives. It is time for people to put away the idea that pain relievers help solve the problem because in reality, they only mask the symptoms.
The Opioid Backlash
Usually, they even cause several other health problems. Over time, some people have made the choice to trade in their prescription medication for medical cannabis. Regrettably for others, dependency and addiction can develop rather quickly. As a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association found, “opioid-related deaths and overdose treatment admissions appear to be declining by nearly 25 percent in states where patients have access to legal cannabis.”
Fortunately, this epidemic might just be dissolving with the help of cannabis. Whether it be by aiding opioid usage or replacing opioids altogether, we hope to see a conclusion to the epidemic once and for all. Of course there will always be people who abuse drugs and prescription medication. If a healthy and less detrimental alternative is available, it is time to take advantage of it.
The Ugly Truth
Sadly, there is a large number of patients who develop an opioid addiction because they put their faith into the wrong doctors hand. Now, many have a series of health problems and a life time of recovery. It is becoming more apparent that doctors need to begin offering their patients several different treatment methods instead of only offering the option that gets them the biggest kickback.
It is also obvious that as the general public and patients, we need to become better aware and educate ourselves on the multitude of medical uses of cannabis. This will help to ensure that you or your loved ones are not putting any unnecessary toxins or chemicals into your bodies.