The Opioid Epidemic Vs Cannabis
An Argument for Replacing Opiate Drugs with Cannabis Medicine
Note that every day more than 90 Americans die from overdosing on opiods. Every 12 minutes someone dies from an opioid overdose.
With Cannabis, we’re looking at an herbal medicine that can significantly relieve pain and reduce inflammation. However, unlike opiates, cannabinoids cannot kill you and patients can increase their dosing without fear of killing themselves. Furthermore, cannabis is not physically addictive and will not cause dangerous withdrawals within an individual like many opiate drugs do. Continued research into this subject is desperately needed throughout the world, but it should be stressed that there already are a number of individuals who are successfully weaning off of their opiate prescriptions with medical cannabis!
An excellent guide on How to Use Cannabis to Reduce and Replace Opioid Medicine by Dr. Dustin Sulak, Co-Founder o Healer.com can be found on the link provided. There are also a number of medical and scientific papers and news outlets investigating the potential of cannabis’ ability to combat opiate addiction and societal harm, some of these are listed below:
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