CDC Flooded With Comments On Marijuana And Kratom As Alternative Painkillers Ahead Of Deadline

CDC Flooded With Comments On Marijuana And Kratom As Alternative Painkillers Ahead Of Deadline

With one day left before a deadline for the public to submit feedback on pain management options, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has received hundreds of comments related to medical marijuana and more than one thousand concerning kratom. The federal agency’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control is looking for input on “individual stakeholder’s values and preferences related to pain and pain management options,” it said in an email last week. “Through this opportunity, CDC is seeking stakeholders’ perspectives on and experiences with pain and pain management, including, but not limited to, the benefits and harms of opioid use,” it said. “CDC invites input specifically on topics focused on using or prescribing opioid pain medications, non-opioid medications, or non-pharmacological treatments (e.g., exercise therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy).” While the notice published in the Federal Register does not explicitly reference cannabis or kratom, numerous individuals have taken the opportunity to submit their feedback on the therapeutic benefits of the substances as alternatives to prescription opioids in their pain management. More than 200 people talked about either “marijuana” or “cannabis,” about 70 discussed CBD and more than 1,000 discussed kratom, a lesser-known herb that has also shown promise as a pain reliever. There were a total of 3,682 comments submitted as of Monday afternoon. “I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis and have had 15 skin cancer removals and didn’t receive pain meds for any of those surgeries! I wouldn’t have made it without cannabis,” an anonymous commenter said. ”…

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