Would legalization of cannabis reduce opioid use?

  • Would legalization of cannabis reduce opioid use?

Opioids work greatly against pain, but their side effects can produce tragic results. In the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs there was a mention that the legalization of cannabis could change everything and cannabis could replace these analgesics.

Thousands of cannabis users underwent the study. 65% use cannabis to relieve pain. And 80% of people suffering from pain have confirmed that cannabis is very helpful. This study produced the following results:

- 82% of these persons were able to reduce or stop taking painkillers

- 88% were able to put an end to opioid analgesics

Medical cannabis could reduce opioid use

74% of the respondents bought cannabis because of insomnia - 84% agreed that cannabis helped them, and more than 83% confirmed that they had reduced or stopped taking medication.

This study suggests that if cannabis were legalized, it would lead to a great reduction in opioid use. But scientists still warn that more tests are needed to understand all the therapeutic benefits.

"About 20% of adult Americans suffer from chronic pain, and every third does not sleep well," says Dr. Gwen Wurm, associate professor of clinical paediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Risks of opioids

While prescription painkillers can help, the side effects can be very serious. Opioids affect the respiratory system, so fatal outcomes can occur.

"People develop opioid resistance, which means they need higher doses to achieve the desired effect," said Dr. Julia Arnsten, professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

"This means that people suffering from chronic pain occasionally increase their opioid analgesic dose and thus increase the risk of overdose."

There is no need to rely on medication

Dr. Wurm and her team ran a survey on the effects of cannabis on the health issues. From the entire survey, it was found that people using cannabis to treat problems either reduced or stopped taking prescribed medications.

The whole study supports the theory that, by improving access to cannabis, prescription drug use could be reduced.

More research is needed on cannabis

Dr. Wurm adds, "Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSPZLs) such as ibuprofen cause gastrointestinal bleeding and destroy the kidneys when taken very often. Toxicity caused by paracetamol (acetaminophen) is the second most common reason for liver transplantation. ”

However, cannabis needs to be studied more closely in order to understand all the health and side effects.

“The problem is that we still don't know which cannabis products work and which don't. Until everything is clear, patients have no choice but to try, get information from friends or use the Internet, ”concludes Dr. Wurm.

Source of the article: www.healtheuropa.eu

Photo Sources:
https://pixabay.com/ (by jarmoluk, nosheep) | https://www.freeimages.com (by Craig Parylo)