Overall, the Opioid Crisis is one of the most dangerous situations the United States has ever faced, and, more disturbingly, separate epidemics have also been blooming in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. One of the biggest questions people have been asking, however, is whether or not there is a viable replacement for these addictive drugs. Is there a better way to manage pain without resorting to mind-altering painkillers? According to a recent study, there is. Let’s take a look at how one scientific report claims that marijuana can replace a drug that has claimed the lives of 100 people on a daily basis and contributed to approximately 2.5 million addiction cases.
The Proof is in the Pot
Recent scientific studies have showcased that thousands of people use pot to withdraw from opioid dependency, and some doctors (who support cannabis) staunchly reinforce this claim. As part of an analysis conducted by two doctors for the show Weed 4: Pot vs. Pills on CNN, the following statistics were uncovered:
- 39% of people who switched to marijuana successfully stopped using opioids.
- 39% of people who switched to marijuana successfully decreased the dosage of opioids.
- Half of the patients who used cannabis experienced a 40% decrease in pain and an 80% increase in regular function.
- 87% of patients experienced improvement in their lives, overall.
While the researchers warn that marijuana is not going to solve the Opioid Crisis, the drug has been proven to help patients wean themselves from these dangerous drugs.
A Connected Study
Interestingly, this study also comes on the heels of another, which focused on the benefits of marijuana for athletes. Here, researchers theorized that cannabis could provide relief for individuals who have suffered from a severe sports-related injury. Tying into the Weed 4 study, scientists also proposed that marijuana can help athletes withdraw from opioids.
Overall, doctors who support marijuana urge patients to conduct as much research on the drug as possible before attempting to seek a medicinal alleviant. After all, while it might be beneficial, weed is still a drug, through and through, and can be potentially addicting (to a degree).
Always remember that marijuana does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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