The cannabis community lets the CDC know how it feels about cannabis for treating pain

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A request for comment from the Centers for Disease Control finds a substantial response

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking to get more information from people regarding alternative and effective methods to treat pain. With just one day left before the deadline established by the public agency to receive input, there have been hundreds of comments related to medical marijuana. The National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) was seeking input on “individual stakeholder’s values and preferences related to pain and pain management options,” according to an email sent last week.

“Through this opportunity, CDC is seeking stakeholders’ perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including, but not limited to, the benefits and harms of opioid use,” said the NCIPC. “CDC invites input specifically on topics focused on using or prescribing opioid pain medications, non-opioid medications, or non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., exercise therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy).” The publication requesting input did not mention specifically cannabis nor any other substance, but that didn’t stop numerous individuals from taking the opportunity to submit their feedback on using cannabis instead of opioids to manage pain.

Over 200 people sent comments referring to either “marijuana” or “cannabis.” Another 70 opinions went on about the benefits of cannabidiol (CBD), and there were a thousand more comments about kratom – another recreational drug obtained from the leaves of a tropical tree. There was a total of 3,682 comments submitted as of Monday afternoon.

“I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and have had 15 skin cancer removals and didn’t receive pain meds for any of those surgeries! I wouldn’t have made it without cannabis,” an anonymous commenter said. “I never have any side effects, nor does it slow me down. It actually helps ease the pain, which enables me to do more physical activities! It’s much safer than alcohol and I don’t understand why the U.S. hasn’t legalized other than politics!”