Description: The opioid epidemic resulted from a lack of education. Doctors used to prescribe opioids to patients with chronic pain which often led to their deaths. Now they are looking for an alternative and cannabis is a potential option.
For Andrew, pain management is a daily thing. He goes to the physio three times a week, does his stretches once a day, twice a day sometimes, trying to keep on top of it. But from what he found it's a lot more maintenance than it is corrective action. He primarily started using cannabis for post-traumatic stress.
It’s time for science and academic institutions across the world to recognize the importance of cannabis and enable it to become credible and useful to targeted populations. Just as it took time for opium, morphine, fentanyl, etc. to become widely used, it will also be a while for cannabis to gain recognition.
Although cannabis can potentially be a replacement for opioid-based medication, you can’t just start to take cannabis one day and stop opioids the next day. More research is needed on how to integrate cannabis from a pathway perspective so it's safe to wean patients off of their opioids with the utilization of cannabis.