We’re in the midst of a tragic opioid crisis. But there are pharmaceutical companies producing cannabinoid-based drugs proven to reduce pain.
This is a really important issue because we have millions of prescriptions for opioid drugs in the United States. These drugs suppress the nervous system. Opioids suppress a part of the brain that controls our breathing, so if you take too much you can die of an overdose. About 110 people die every single day in America because of opioids.
And I still meet patients and medical practitioners who do not believe that cannabis is medicine. They do not believe that it’s something worth exploring. I believe in science, removing stereotypes, and reframing the conversation on cannabis. Because I believe in the data that cannabinoids can reduce opiate use.
There’s never been an overdose death from cannabis. You can take as much cannabis into your system as possible and it still won’t shut down organs. It doesn’t stop breathing.
Time recently dedicated its entire issue to the opioid crisis. It was a really powerful photo essay. To have a major publication dedicate an entire issue to a single crisis in America means that they want people to wake up. I want to wake people up that it’s not about smoking pot and getting high but reducing the use of medications that might be harming loved ones and their communities.
Knowing Where to Research
All the bonafide scientific evidence that I’m using to prove that cannabinoids reduce pain in human and animal subjects comes from a single source. It’s called “Cannabinoids in the Management of Difficult to Treat Pain” from the National Institute of Health. It’s a compilation of dozens of studies on cannabinoids for pain.
Type it in. Send it to your doctors. Print out this scholarly study. Show it to your friends who take opiates for pain. You don’t have to take my word for it. Scientific researchers have already compiled the data.
Pharmaceutical companies are already aware of this. GW Pharmaceuticals is a completely cannabinoid-based company in the United Kingdom. They’re essentially a bunch of cannabis researchers who said,
“Look, we have the evidence. This is very promising pharmaceuticals. And we’re going to start developing plant-based medication.”
They developed a product called Sativex. It was approved in Canada and is in U.S. trials right now. It’s been proven to help neuropathic pain, which is very difficult to treat. It occurs a lot in multiple sclerosis and cancer patients. It’s frequently treated with opioids.
We have a pharmaceutical drug made with THC and CBD, the two primary constituents of the cannabis plant, that is proven effective for pain and already being prescribed. If your doctor says, “Oh, I don’t know anything about medical marijuana,” they need to spend some time on the Internet and research that.