Many people have heard of the opiod epidemic or crises, but very few people really understand the huge risks associated with opiods or the toll that these drugs have taken on the American people and on American society in the past several decades.
Even fewer people are aware that according to many in the medical science community, medical cannabis could serve as the ideal alternative to opiod drugs.
The opiod epidemic is the term used to describe the extremely high rates of opiod addiction in the United States today. It’s estimated that 1 in every 3 Americans know someone who is addicted to opiods, although they’re probably not aware of it due to the private nature of drug addiction.
Opiods became incredibly popular as doctors prescribed them readily for the treatment for chronic pain. Chronic pain conditions vary from relatively rare diseases such as Parkinson’s disease to the most mundane things like bad backs and headaches.
Opiods can be extremely effective at reducing pain, so patients took them readily. Little did they know that with each little pill they took, their dependence on the drug increased. It’s only in recent years that we have discovered the true extent of what is now one of the biggest public health challenges facing the American government.
It’s no secret that cannabis can be a powerful pain reliever. In fact, this ancient plant medicine has become synonymous with the treatment of chronic pain over the past few years. However, it’s popularity has really skyrocketed off the back of the opiod epidemic.
This is because cannabis is believed to be comparably safe as a chronic pain treatment. While many people remain concerned about the possible addictive nature of cannabis, many strains of the plant have been bred to be very low in the chemicals which cause the addictive effect.
Cannabis contains chemicals known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are remarkably similar to endocannabinoids, a set of chemicals produced in the human body which reduce pain, improve mood, increase appetite and perform a wide variety of other bodily functions.
Researchers have discovered that unlike opiods, cannabis appears to pack a pain-busting punch without any of the harmful side effects. The number of ordinary men and women across the United States who are taking advantage of this substitute is growing by the day and looks set to continue to do so in the months and years to come.
Hopefully, cannabis can help our country to recover from this crises and improve the health and wellness of the American people at the same time.