Cannabis Can Stop Opiod Addiction Before It StartsJune 10, 2018
Cannabis can enhance pain relief and other medical effects of opioid drugs. Taking cannabis with opioids also widens the time between an effective dose of opioids and a lethal dose. But perhaps the biggest benefit of cannabis as a part of opioid treatment is that it doesn’t carry the risk of overdose.
In a 2016 study by Dr. Dustin Sulak, 39% of opioid users who began using cannabis were able to completely stop opioid use and another 39% could reduce their opioid dosage. Sulak found that adding cannabis reduced pain by about 40% in nearly half the treated patients and improved function in 80% of them.
If you’re still in pain with cannabis, you can medicate until you see the desired effects.
“As an effective treatment for chronic pain, it can stop opioid addiction before it occurs,” said Dr. Sherry Yafai, medical director of High Sobriety in Los Angeles.
“Cannabis can clearly alleviate symptoms of opioid withdrawal. This is a critical factor because withdrawal symptoms from opioids is one of the main reasons that users have such a hard time getting off the drugs,” said Dr. Scott Bienenfeld, medical director of the Recovery Spot.
While the government and the FDA say marijuana has no medicinal value, a search on government-run PubMed.gov, the database for the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, for the term “medical marijuana” narrowed down to only human subjects yields 3,489 results.