Medical Prescription

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:

Is Cannabis Part of the Solution to the Opioid Epidemic

Sulak, Dustin.

Osteopathic.org. Online slide presentation. 

Opioid Use Lower In States That Eased Marijuana Laws

Harris, Richard.

NPR: Public Health. 2018 Apr 2, online article.

Cannabis and the Opioid Crisis

Piomelli, Daniele, et al.

Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research. 2018 Apr 1, 3(1): 108-116.

Could We Beat the Opioid Epidemic by Easing Pain with Marijuana

Weiseberger, Mindy, et al.

Live Science. 2018 Feb 8, online article. 

Can Cannabis Wean Addicts Off Heroin and Other Opiates

Adams, Mike.

High Times. 2018 Feb 6, online article.

Opioids Out, Cannabis In: Negotiating the Unknowns in Patient Care for Chronic Pain

Choo, Esther, et al.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 2016 Nov 1, online article.

Cannabinoid and opioid interactions: Implications for opiate dependence and withdrawal

Scavone, JL, et al.

Neuroscience. 2013 Sep 17, 248: 637-654.

Cannabis as an Adjunct to or Substitute for Opiates in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

Lucas, Pilippe MA.

Journal of Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Jun 8, 44(2): 125-133.

Synergistic interactions between cannabinoid and opioid analgesics 

Cichewicz, Diana L.

Life Sciences. 2004 Jan 30, 74(11): 1317-1324.

The Neurobiology of Cannabinoid Analgesia

Walker, Michael J, et al.

Life Sciences. 1999, 65(6/7): 665-673.

Prototype cannabinoid analgetics, prostaglandins and opiates - A search for points of mechanisitic interaction

Johnson, Ross M, et al.

Life Sciences. 1982 Oct 18-25, 31(16-17): 1703-1706.

Selective and Potent Analgetics Derived from Cannabinoids

Johnson, MR, et al.

The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 1981 Aug-Sep.