Cannabis to decrease opioid use

The opioids epidemic has become a big public health crisis in the last few years.

  • Many people are seeking treatments to manage chronic pain as well as decrease their use of opioids as a result.

One alternative method is medical cannabis. It has been found to be legitimately effective in reducing opioid use. Cannabis contains many active compounds, including terpenes as well as cannabinoids. The anti-inflammatory as well as analgesic properties found in THC as well as CBD make medical cannabis a good possibility for managing chronic pain separate from the risk of overdose or addiction associated with opioids. States that have medical cannabis programs have seen a decrease in opioid related hospitalizations as well as overdose deaths. Medical cannabis may reduce opioid use due to its interaction with the body’s endocannabinoid system. By sticking to cannabinoid receptors in the brain and body, THC and CBD regulate pain, mood, and other physiological processes. Medical cannabis may not be appropriate for all patients. The supervision of a healthcare professional is essential. More research is needed to fully understand its effectiveness and potential risks. Medical cannabis may be a promising alternative to opioids in managing chronic pain. With the opioid epidemic ravaging communities across the country, we need to consider all opportunities available for managing pain and improving quality of life.