Opioids & Cannabis
Description: Thousands of people die every year in Canada from overdoses of opioid-based medication. Doctors are now looking to medical marijuana for chronic pain.
To get to the next step in the prescription of cannabis-based medication, there needs to be randomized controlled trials. The licensed producers of cannabis have to come up with a fund for the trials so that people can see its benefits and also make sure there are no negative side effects of using cannabis in the longer term.
In 2015, the number of opioid injections was reduced in the areas that cannabis was more accessible. American Medical Association reported that there was a correlation between the availability of cannabis and the number of opiate prescriptions filled in the United States. The number of prescriptions filled per day was reduced by 2.2 million in areas after cannabis became accessible.
Over the last decade, doctors have increasingly prescribed opiate medication for chronic pain and thousands of patients have died due to opiate overdoses. While some drugs can make you feel like a zombie and lose emotion. At Spartan Wellness, they assist people in alternative medicine solutions such as cannabis to allow them to have different alternatives to opiate medications.
Although cannabis can potentially be a replacement for opioid-based medication, you can’t just start to take cannabis one day and stop opioids the next day. More research is needed on how to integrate cannabis from a pathway perspective so it's safe to wean patients off of their opioids with the utilization of cannabis.