Can Medical Marijuana Replace Opioid Use?
This article was originally written for Compassionate Certification Centers. The full article can be found here: Can Medical Marijuana Replace Opioid Use?
Using medical marijuana to safely reduce opiate use and ease withdrawal symptoms.
Studies show that medical marijuana can help reduce symptoms associated with opiate withdrawal.
Medical marijuana is also now widely used for pain reduction.
Statistics suggest there is a drop in opiate use and opiate-related deaths in states with medical and recreational marijuana programs.
A number of states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New Mexico list opioid addiction among the qualifying conditions for medical marijuana use. Others are expected to follow.
Is medical marijuana an effective substitute for opiates? Can it help ease withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction? Anecdotal evidence, scientific study, and real-world statistics stand in agreement on this. Yes, medical marijuana and high-CBD hemp strains produce compounds that relieve pain, improve mood, reduce anxiety, and directly modulate the brain’s reward circuits to reduce cravings.