Legal cannabis states continue to see a drop in opioid problems
Illnesses that cause chronic pain are very debilitating, as is the addiction to opioids. These medications are both a blessing and a curse. Fortunately for those seeking to avoid those nagging side effects, there is an effective alternative: cannabis. A recent study explains how this plant may be just the help needed to make opioids no longer part of the daily routine.
It is no secret to anyone that there is an ongoing opioid epidemic, but a natural and safer alternative to these drugs is an important step forward. The opioid crisis poses a major threat to public health, especially in the US, where its effects can already be seen. As a result, many people are looking for alternative pain treatments that do not cause addiction or overdose deaths.
Like opium, one of the oldest drugs in history, marijuana has been with us for thousands of years. After analyzing states where marijuana has already been legalized, a quite relevant trend has been seen in the health of residents. In these jurisdictions, opioid emergency room visits are reduced by nearly 8% and opioid prescriptions are considerably lower.
Focusing on the negatives gets in the way of seeing that pain management is a necessary part of modern medicine. If strong painkillers were eliminated, the quality of life for many people would suffer. However, marijuana and its cannabinoid compounds have been subjected to several studies and have been shown to have sufficient analgesic properties to leave opioids aside.
One of the major advantages of marijuana over opioids is that cannabis is non-toxic and non-addictive (physically) and, therefore, has a much better safety profile. The evidence, both anecdotal and clinical, indicates that marijuana has a measurable relationship to pain management. As a result, opioid overdose is drastically reduced.