Though swinging in the right direction as of late, the federal government is still in limbo about cannabis. However, the majority of states have spoken. Twenty-nine states have now legalized marijuana for medical use, and it is undoubtedly coming out from the shadows. Still, there’s a lot to learn about the plant and there’s still a stigma attached with respect to how it’s been used recreationally.
Could cannabis legitimately aid us with our major health ailments? For those opening their minds to the power of the plant, there are more than a few possibilities, and research points toward “Yes.”
Cannabis vs. the Opioid Epidemic
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse more than 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdoses. This is a serious national crisis that not only impacts the health of our citizens, but also social and economic welfare.
A study published in the American Public Health Association suggests that cannabis might be a solution worth considering – the results of this study showed a decrease in opioid-related deaths in Colorado following the state’s legalization of recreational marijuana use. In addition, other extensive scientific, randomized controlled trials have shown that a cannabis oil extract can be an effective treatment for chronic neuropathic pain. Here are some other findings about how cannabis can actually improve the pain relief opioids provide, and more. For more on these findings read the complete interview with Dr. Dustin Sulak on ProjectCBD.com.
Cannabis improves the pain relief that opioids provide. Medical scientists have found that administering opioids and cannabis together results in a greater-than-additive anti-pain effect, a synergistic reduction of pain.
Cannabis is said to make opioid therapy safer by widening the therapeutic index so that a patient needs less opioids to get a strong analgesic effect.
Cannabis is said to prevent opioid tolerance building and the need for dose escalation.
Cannabis is said to treat the symptoms of opioid withdrawal—nausea, vomiting, spasms, cramping, insomnia. Cannabis users experience decreased opioid withdrawal severity.
Cannabis is said to replace and reduce the use of opioids and other substances. Many patients use cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs, illicit drugs, or alcohol.
Cannabis therapy is safer than the other harm reduction options.
Cannabis Eases the Symptoms of Debilitating Diseases
While new research is being conducted continuously, cannabis is showing to be effective in easing symptoms of a myriad of debilitating conditions, including but not limited to:
Many find that the pharmaceuticals they are prescribed to ease their symptoms either don’t help or cause other side effects. So many of our company founders came to cannabis as a last resort to treat their own conditions, or those of a loved one, many finding relief for the first time in decades, and offering them a new lease on life.
Cannabis May Help with the Daily Struggles of Anxiety and PTSD
In addition to easing symptoms associated with the above, cannabis is also consistently proving to be a helpful aid to the daily struggles that come with anxiety and PTSD. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million people in the U.S. have an anxiety disorder, with nearly eight million of those people having PTSD. Here’s more on how cannabis might help:
PTSD – A study published in Molecular Psychiatry showed that treatment using particular compounds found in marijuana may benefit those with PTSD, and that “plant-derived cannabinoids [psychoactive chemicals] such as marijuana may possess some benefits in individuals with PTSD by helping relieve haunting nightmares and other symptoms of PTSD.”
Anxiety – While preliminary, the latest research suggests that the compounds in marijuana could eventually be harnessed to deliver anxiety relief with decreased dependency, fewer side effects and less overdose potential.
The research being done around cannabis is inspiring and thought provoking. We have barely scratched the surface on the power of this plant and if we are already seeing it prove to help so many, imagine the possibilities we have yet to discover, and the type of positive global impact sure to come.
Disclaimer: This is for informational purposes only. We encourage you to talk to your doctor, or other medical professional, about your options and how cannabis might make a difference for you or a loved one.