This is an interesting review based on U.S. experience, but proposing the use of cannabis to treat pain and opiate misuse in Australia, which has the second-highest rate of opioid analgesic use in the world. This highlights the important of reviews by highlighting the potential for good in cotnrast to the counter attack highlighting potential negative consequences. Not bad for a commercial online publication, I say.
-Dr. David Ostrow
Could cannabis be key to combat the opioid crisis?
Weed’s legal forays began in the medical space as a way to treat chronic pain and anxiety, among other conditions.
Today, with the drug showing positive effects on an ever-expanding litany of ailments from epilepsy to cancer, there’s also growing research showing that there are specific constituents in cannabis which may have a profound impact on controlling the addictive effects of opioids, and possibly serving as a treatment for opioid dependence and withdrawal.
Steven Laviolette, Western University professor in neuroscience, writes in a recent op-ed in The Conversation that the interactions between opioids and cannabis have been explored on clinical and pharmacological levels for decades. However, marijuana’s potential to modulate the addictive effects of a much harder opioid class drug such as heroin or fentanyl, or to potentially reduce opioid cravings, is only just beginning to be explored. Read More at FinFeed...