03/13/2018 | Health + Wellness

Fighting Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis in America is extreme, with over 630,000 people dying in 2016 alone. Finding a solution may be difficult, but studies are showing that medical cannabis may be a step in the right direction. One such study completed in 2017 found that painkiller use could be decreased with the use of medical cannabis, and that medical cannabis is much preferred to opioids. Unfortunately, pain treatment has become a politicized business, with lobbyists working hard to ensure harmful opioids stay on the shelf, and medical cannabis still illegal in some states.

Findings

This specific study surveyed almost 3,000 medical cannabis patients, examining the "use of cannabis as a substitute for opioid and non-opioid based pain medication," and was conducted in cooperation with University of California Berkeley. Key findings included:

  • 97% of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that with medical cannabis, they would decrease their use of opioid painkillers
  • 92% agreed or strongly agreed that medical cannabis was a preferred method to treat their medical condition
  • 81% agreed or strongly agreed that medical cannabis alone was more effective than medical cannabis with opioids

The Medical Community

These findings speak for themselves; not only have other studies refuted the claim that marijuana is a "gateway" drug, but medical cannabis patients are clearly getting proper treatment without an extremely addictive substance, opioids. Turning to more holistic methods, such as chiropractic care and medical cannabis, may not work for everyone for their medical condition. However, for chronic pain, these treatment options may be a great alternative for those that do not want opioids or other manufactured pain medications.

Courtesy of: Leafly