Cannabis as an Alternative to Dangerous Opioid Medication for Those Suffering from Chronic Pain

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Today we are looking at why opioids are dangerous, why cannabis is the better alternative and some tips on how to transition. Disclaimer, we are not health care professionals; please seek advice from your doctor before switching or discontinuing any medications.

Opioid based medications are very common and are known for helping relieve chronic pain when used correctly as directed by your health care professional. Although they have many benefits they are also highly addictive, have many side effects and are often used incorrectly. When used incorrectly the risks become much greater and can be fatal. Cannabis however has no known lethal limit, meaning you cannot overdose from using cannabis. Cannabis also has fewer side effects and more functionality and some say it is just as effective, if not more effective than opioid-based medications for pain relief . This seems like the obvious choice right?

Now we know why cannabis is the better choice, but how do you switch? And what does that process look like? Well some doctors recommend using cannabis while also weaning off of the opioid medications. While other doctors recommend starting cannabis use after you are no longer taking the opioid medications. The advantages to using them both in moderation while switching to cannabis, is that studies show cannabis can aid the withdrawal effects of the harsher medications.

When speaking about cannabis from a medical standpoint, we must also look at how we consume cannabis products. When smoking the marijuana leaf, it releases everything in the leaf, including tar. Oils can be inconsistent in their THC content. Edibles take a while to kick in. Each method of consumption can give varying lengths of the effects of cannabis as swell. This is why some recommend consuming it in a vaporized form of the leaf. No matter how you consume it, cannabis products are a great alternative to conquer chronic pain.

One thought on “Cannabis as an Alternative to Dangerous Opioid Medication for Those Suffering from Chronic Pain

  1. carbonlifeforme says:

    I’m a convert from using pharmaceuticals for pain to using marijuana. I’ve always enjoyed weed recreationally and it had the pleasant side effect of helping relieve my chronic aches and pains. But finding anything that worked for my neuropathy was very hit and miss in the ol’ go visit your dealer days.
    Now I literally feel like a kid in a candy store. I can shop around and find the highest potency for the best price and find the right strains with the right terpene profile.
    And knowing that any pharmaceuticals you have to take on a daily basis for pain can cause either addiction and/or fast track your way to liver and kidney damage. I’d rather rely on something natural that we humans have literally evolved to use. And given the right potency and terpene profile, it’s certainly more effective than any opioids or anti-inflammatories I’ve had to take daily. Plus, I actually like the high marijuana gives me. I consider the “high” from opioids to be annoying and marginally more bearable than the pain they’re supposed to be killing. It’s so much fun being fidgety (when that’s one of the issues with my neuropathy) while scratching away at my hands, face, neck and shoulders doing the ol’ “junkie scratch” cuz it feels like you got bugs crawling on you. Oh what fun. Meanwhile, marijuana is god’s/nature’s/whoever you wanna give credit to, gift to us. And Compassion Medicals is a gift to the communities they serve. All we need now is to pressure the govt to make truly medicinal marijuana more readily available.
    We have a damn opioid crisis in our country and I firmly believe a properly tailored, terpene appropriate regimen of high potency marijuana can go a long way in replacing, or at least reducing the length time that narcotic painkillers or any other pain relieving pharmaceuticals are prescribed post-hospitalization in many cases.

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