Is Cannabis the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?

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I believe in science and self ownership. Cannabis has been proven to be a powerful weapon against the opioid abuse epidemic, which is currently plaguing our county, state and nation.

Cabarrus County Government should be on the cutting edge of compassion by defending the right of county residents to responsibly use cannabis as a medicine. If elected, I will advocate for patient rights and the right to choose your own medicines.

In her opinion piece titled. “Is Cannabis the Answer to the Opioid Crisis?”, Adie Wilson-Poe, Ph.D., a scientific adviser to Weedmaps, and a faculty member at the Washington University School of Medicine, writes…

With 29 states and the District of Columbia legalizing medical cannabis since 1996, individual states are fast becoming incubators of important public health data as it relates to opioids and cannabis. We are watching this data closely. Work published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that opioid mortality drops by nearly 25 percent when a U.S. state legalizes medical cannabis; and that percentage goes up the longer the state has the law on the books. This compelling data should not be ignored.

Why would this be?…

Cannabis has been used as a pain reliever for thousands of years. The plant was included in the ancient Chinese pharmacopoeia for pain and many other purposes. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used it for pain as well. Cannabis was even a part of mainstream American medicine throughout the 1800s.

Cannabinoids, the unique molecules found within the trichomes of the cannabis plant, are well known for their pain relieving properties. Cannabinoid receptors are widely expressed throughout the brain’s pain processing regions. Studies in animals show that when cannabinoids are administered directly to these brain areas, they produce profound pain relief.

Opioid receptors are also expressed in these exact same brain regions. Indeed, cannabis and opioids spark nearly identical reactions within our brains when it comes to pain relief. But the molecules in cannabis have anti-inflammatory properties (which opioids do not), and inflammation is often a huge part of pain. Although opioids may do a better job in alleviating the bodily sensation of pain, cannabis can improve the ability to cope with pain, which improves one’s function in daily life.

Please read the rest of this groundbreaking article at https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-03-23/commentary-is-cannabis-the-answer-to-the-opioid-crisis

 

 

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