One of the most pressing health issues in the United States is the opioid crisis, as more people than ever are turning to painkillers than before. In fact, over 130 people die in the U.S. daily because of opioids, and this actually ends up costing the country billions in dollars. Of course, aside from the financial impact – there is also the fact that many people are dying due to addiction in a country that is widely considered to be a superpower. Often times, patients are prescribed opioids for chronic pain and this eventually leads to an addiction to painkillers. Unfortunately, even after the pain subsides, these individuals might still seek out drugs illegally, which could lead to them abusing fentanyl, for example, which is a hundred times stronger than morphine.
There are many people that are trying to figure out how to solve the crisis, whether they are in the health sector or involved in politics. One possible solution is the fact that cannabis might be able to help with overall opioid addiction. While there are some that are still skeptical, the truth is that marijuana may be able to play a role in addiction as well as withdrawal. There are even states that have made laws to research whether marijuana can help play a role in terms of the opioid crisis. There are some that might suggest that a cannabis addiction might occur, but that risk is one that many medical professionals might consider worth it. After all, it is very clear that those who use marijuana do not pose nearly as much of a risk to society as those who abuse opioids. While it might not be the ultimate solution, it certainly might prove useful in finding the eventual solution.
Cannabis is a complex plant that hasn’t been fully researched because of the fact that its legal status has always been in question. However, since there are more people open to cannabis legalization than ever, more research can be done as to the positive effects that the plant might have.
Of course, THC is much different than relieve anxiety and stress without some of the psychoactive effects. Of course, this begs the question as to whether THC and/or CBD would be more effective with regards to treating for opioid addiction, which remains unclear.
When you consider that every day, emergency rooms are admitting 7,000 patients that suffer from opioid addiction, one begins to see just how much money and resources are being spent on a crisis that is literally killing people left and right. One important aspect to include is that it is baby boomers that are abusing opioids more than ever. In fact, the United States has 5% of the world’s population, but consumes the vast majority (80%) of opioids in the world.
There is also the looming question of what exactly is to be done in terms of how doctors prescribe prescriptions. While pain must be alleviated, are there alternatives that exist? Many are trying to find less addictive ways to deal with pain relief for patients, and this is important, considering that there are so many patients that begin using opioids for an injury that end up completely addicted.
Interestingly enough, medical cannabis is also used for chronic pain, so in that respect, there is a legitimate way that cannibanoid for opiate withdrawal might eventually be a reality. Since more states than ever have passed medical marijuana laws, we will likely see more research over the next several years and decades to find out whether it truly is a viable solution to our drug crisis.
The crisis has gotten so severe that many believe that the Sackler family is largely to blame. For those who might be unaware, the Sacklers control Purdue Pharma, which manufactures Oxycontin, which has led to hundreds of thousands of overdose deaths. The family is worth billions, and many are not pleased that the family has been able to profit off of addiction in a legal way, and believe that they should be held accountable in some form or fashion.
One obvious criticism that people might have is their concern about marijuana addiction, but others truly believe that marijuana can help curb the opioid crisis, which is clearly a much more severe and relevant drug crisis. Others also point out that it might be because baby boomers are being replaced by millennials in the workforce that also contributes to the crisis. Either way, whether Updated on