The Opioid epidemic and the use of Cannabinoids as alternative therapy

Over 130 people die everyday from an opioid overdose. (1) As a Registered Nurse, I have seen first hand the damage caused by opioids. Patients start taking opioids resulting from an acute injury or illness. Patients needing pain modulation for a longer period of time form a clinical addiction. So what do patients who are susceptible to addiction take to modulate pain? Studies have shown that CBD doesn’t only alleviate anxiety, reduce inflammation, and combat epileptic seizures, but it can also serve as a potent painkiller. (2)In my years of working as a nurse on a busy surgical unit, I have seen many “close calls” related to over sedation of patients. Naloxone, which is opioid reversal agent, is kept in abundance at hospitals and it is not just used to treat people coming in through the ER with an overdose. Naloxone is used on the units to treat over sedation by the healthcare team. The dangers of opioids come in many forms and there is no easy solution to this epidemic, or is there?According to the national academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine there is conclusive, substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective for the treatment of chronic pain in adults. (3) Cannabinoids might even play a role in preventing people from becoming dependent on opioids to alleviate their pain. (4) Additionally, cannabidiol is not psychoactive, so patients won’t become drowsy or nauseated. CBD does not make you high and there is a very low risk of toxicity.Learn your options about CBD! Come visit our knowledgeable and educated staff at two moons CBD dispensary to find the best plan of care for YOU. 

  1. Wide-ranging online data for epidemiologic research (WONDER). Atlanta, GA: CDC, National Center for Health Statistics; 2017 Available athttp://wonder.cdc.gov
  2. Reiman, A., et al, “Cannabis as a Substitute for Opioid-Based Pain Medication: Patient Self-Report, Cannabis Cannabinoid Res. 2017; 2(1): 160–166, doi: 10.1089/can.2017.0012, [Timed Cited = 45; Journal Impact Factor = N/A].

3.     National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2017. The health effects of cannabis and cannabinoids: The current state of evidence and recommendations for research. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/24625.

  1. Lucas, P., Cannabis as an adjunct to or substitute for opiates in the treatment of chronic pain, J Psychoactive Drugs. 2012 Apr-Jun;44(2):125-33, [Timed Cited = 88; Journal Impact Factor = N/A].

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