The infographic included with this article examines the differences between opioids and cannabis in the context of chronic pain and other health problems. As you will see, medical marijuana is an effective alternative to opioid prescriptions, which were responsible for 15,000 or more deaths in the United States in 2015 alone. Apollo Cannabis Clinic provides safe and effective treatment for those suffering from chronic pain and other health conditions via medical marijuana. Examine the infographic for a more in-depth look at the differences between opioids and cannabis and specifically why cannabis is such a viable alternative. Interestingly, people have been using cannabis for medicinal purposes for around 6,000 years.
Pharmacologically speaking, cannabis has two active ingredients that have been clinically proven to treat chronic pain – CBD (not psychoactive) and THC (a psychoactive ingredient associated with euphoria). Opioids, on the other hand, are a group of pain relievers derived from opium. While opioids also treat chronic pain, they have serious consequences, including addiction and the potential to overdose. It only takes five times the amount of opioids in order to fatally overdose whereas you would need 1,000 times the amount of cannabis in order to overdose, which is virtually impossible.
Cannabis has not only been clinically proven to treat chronic pain, but it is also effective at treating a variety of other health conditions, reported the largest cannabis study ever conducted. That study, published in 2017, found that cannabis was also effective in treating muscle spasms in those with multiple sclerosis and nausea in those undergoing chemotherapy. Medical marijuana is also linked to lower opioid prescriptions and decreased opioid-related deaths. A study found that when patients were given medical marijuana, there was a 64% decrease in opioids and other pain killers. What’s more is that in the states that have legalized medical marijuana, those states have experienced a reduction in opioid deaths as well.
The infographic highlights the fact that not only is medical marijuana a safe and effective treatment option for those suffering from chronic pain and other similar health conditions, but also the great potential that medical marijuana has to decrease opioid dependence and fatal overdoses.