Study Shows Cannabis and Opioids Can Work Together

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Cannabis and opioids work together to manage pain and reduce harm from excess opioid consumption. Opioid abuse and associated deaths are in the news headlines on a regular basis. In fact, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 70,000 Americans died from drug-involved overdose in 2019. Even worse, deaths due to Fentanyl accelerated to include more than 36,359 overdose deaths (2019). Sadly, things got much worse after that and more than 100,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in the first twelve months of the pandemic. Immediate and lasting action is needed to save patients from addiction and early death. Could cannabis and opioids work together to reduce this risk? Current stats report that, on average, 275 people die in the U.S. every day, from an opioid overdose. We have to do better. Efforts in this direction have failed many patients, with people being abruptly cut off from their opioid medications. The consequences are dire. Sadly, according to the AMA, forty-five per cent of heroin abusers started on prescribed opioids for pain relief. Unfortunately, over the course of the regular treatment, the essential characteristics of the drug easily lead to abuse and dependency. Cannabis has definitely made inroads in managing chronic pain, at least in legal states. But for some patients, it’s not enough to manage the pain. A recent study out of Columbia University, however, shows that cannabis and opioids can work together. This will reduce the number of opioids needed, thereby reducing harm to the patient. Cannabis, Opioids, and the CB1 Receptor Everyone has an endocannabinoid system. In fact, most mammals have one. It is a network of receptors and chemical messengers, such as anandamide, that are present in almost every part of your body. This network is responsible for regulating pain, digestion, memory, the immune system, inflammation,…

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