Cannabis vs. Opioids

If you have scrolled through your local news feed lately you are sure to come across a headline about the current opioid crisis in Canada. Figures show that more than 3,800 people died from overdosing on prescription painkillers and illicit fentanyl in 2017, and that number is climbing.  Over the past decade, admissions to hospitals for opioid overdoses has increased by 70%. We are seeing a staggering trend in Canada: the abuse and misuse of opioids.

 

One of the biggest risks in taking opioids is the highly addictive nature of the pharmaceutical. Many people begin their prescription for pain-management at a low dose, only to find that it begins to stop working. That is because the body produces natural opioids when it experiences pain, and the use of medications may signal the body to stop producing. The body becomes reliant on the prescription, causing them to need a higher dose or even compounding multiple drugs. Some patients are also on multiple medications, which if taken incorrectly can cause serious harm.

 

Cannabis should be considered as a therapeutic choice for pain relief as it works similarly to opioids with almost zero risk of overdosing. This is because marijuana does not affect the parts of the brain that are responsible for keeping your heart pumping or breathing. It is far less addictive, and the side effects are more manageable compared to those seen in opioid use. Marihuana can help patients with many of their pain relief needs. It is an option that does not rely on pharmaceutical chemicals. The first step in exploring your cannabis options is to speak to one of our Health Care Practitioners.

 

It is as easy as filling our online application form. You will be requested to enter your personal information and will then have a virtual consultation with one of our Health Care Practitioners to discuss your medical needs. Your prescription will be sent that same day to your chosen Licenced Provider.

 

Howlett, Karen. “Opioid-Related Overdose Figures Show Grim Reality of Canadian Epidemic.” The Globe and Mail, 14 Sept. 2017, www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/opioid-related-overdose-figures-show-grim-reality-of-canadian-epidemic/article36257932

Lynch, Mary E, and Alexander J Clark. “Cannabis Reduces Opioid Dose in the Treatment of Chronic Non-Cancer Pain.” Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, vol. 25, no. 6, 2003, pp. 496–498., doi:10.1016/s0885-3924(03)00142-8.

 

Wilson, Lauren. “How Cannabis Can Be A Valuable Tool In the Opioid Crisis.” Lift & Co Magazine, 10 Jul. 2018, lift.co/magazine/cannabis-opioids.

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