Contributor: KC Scannell
Opioid dependence and addiction are hands down two of the biggest threats facing this nation currently. And, unless the powers that be step up and do something about it, the problem will only continue to get worse. Such has been the case in the last handful of years, yet the government refuses to budge on the issue. Which, as you can readily assume, is the main reason this problem has grown into the epidemic that it is.
To put things into perspective, since 1999, the sale and overall use of opioids have risen 400%. People are dying each and every day from opioid addiction, with millions more suffering from a litany of harmful side-effects brought forth by these prescription pills. It’s all a very sad state of affairs, to be quite honest. What’s really depressing, however, is that all of those problems could’ve been avoided had the federal government embraced cannabis as an adequate form of medication.
Instead of doing the right thing and allowing laboratories across the nation to conduct extensive, in-depth research on cannabis and its therapeutic properties, they’ve done the exact opposite. Only until recently, these misguided politicians on Capitol Hill labeled marijuana as a “Schedule One” substance.
Cannabis Is Proven To Lessen People’s Addiction To Opioids
For those not familiar with such a distinction, that essentially means the federal government officially proclaimed cannabis to not only be dangerous, addictive, and lethal – but they also used this as a decree stating their lack of faith in its medicinal properties. But those statements couldn’t be further from the truth.
In fact, it could be argued that those adjectives are better suited to describe opioids, rather than cannabis. If anything, marijuana (and its various forms) are vastly safer than pills. It’s proven to be non-addictive, and the potential chance of overdosing on cannabis is a sheer impossibility.
It just won’t happen.
This federal classification of cannabis was tremendously hurtful because it stood in the way of legalization, and in the way of proper research. Government agencies strictly prohibited companies and labs from conducting tests on the medicinal properties of cannabis, always referring back to that asinine “Schedule One” ruling.
But, if one were to look a little deeper, they’d realize that corruption is at the core of such an uneducated, suspicious decision.
When you look at the numbers, it’s clear to see that the opioid industry (prescription pills) is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Each of these prescriptions that continue to spill out into the public year after year are just as expensive to research and develop, as they are to buy. But, with the addictive nature of their products damn near guaranteeing them repeat business, these folks in the pill industry have long abandoned their desire to help people feel better. In its place stands an insatiable greed that continues to get stronger.
However, if multiple studies show just how dangerous pills of this nature are, why is the government not even mentioning them on that same “Schedule” list? The answer to that is one based purely on speculation: bribery.
We’ve all come to learn that our political system has a rickety foundation based on “donations” and “favors.” The majority of which are the furthest thing from “above board.” Which, I know sounds vague, so allow me to elaborate.
These prescription companies are aware that they need to convince certain politicians to support them when any law or piece of legislation threatens their well-being. In order to do that, they’d have to make these lawmakers not only ignore the mountain of studies proving their lethal aspects, but they would have to forget all of the damage they’ve caused.
And what’s the easiest, most foolproof way to make a politician get on your side? Why, money, of course.
And when it comes to money, these prescription pill and opioid companies have more than their fair share. So, with some “greasing of the palms,” as they say – these companies are able to keep politicians in power who will always fight for their right to stay in business, so long as they keep getting some monetary compensation for doing so.
One of the most efficient ways for politicians to keep that money flowing into their pockets is to eliminate anything that would threaten the prescription pill companies. In other words, they’d have to make sure no medications become available that would render opioids non-essential.
And what’s the main medicine that already outperforms opioids, without any lethal side-effects or addiction threats? If you said, “cannabis,” you’d be right.
Thus, it becomes the main goal of these greedy, corrupt politicians to keep marijuana down. That’s why they’ve been federally against any and all things cannabis for their entire existence. They want the public to agree with their misguided stance. But, as time has worn on, and as marijuana has become more accepted and legalized, they are starting to see that they are losing this battle.
And with that waning confidence, more and more studies have been able to take place that focus more on cannabis, and how it can help people deal with any number of ailments. One of the things the scientific community has discovered through rigorous testing is how it can actually help people with an opioid addiction kick their potentially fatal habit once and for all.
An example of one of these studies was conducted in 2016. In it, they utilized the conditions of roughly 540 people who had developed an addiction to opioids. The procedure the researchers came up with, was slowly implementing cannabis into their daily routines, in lieu of their usual opioid ordeal. It wasn’t a quick “switch” of medicines. They used a very gradual methodology. Mainly because anything too quick and sudden could serve as a springboard into even more negative effects for those opioid users.
The results that came back from that study were simply astonishing. 87% of these people came back saying that cannabis completely improved their day-to-day lifestyles and moods. Their pain and ability to function saw massive improvements, as well.
39% of these subjects reported that the use of marijuana helped them lessen their overall opioid use. Another 39% said that, with the help of cannabis, they were able to get rid of opioids, altogether.
If you find that you’re taking a couple prescription pills that seem to be doing more harm than good – no worries, there’s help out there.
Obviously, the first thing that you need to do in order for cannabis to assist in your desire to live a “pill-free” life is to educate yourself. You’ll want to learn about the benefits of THC and CBD. Each differ greatly, and the variations of effects differ even more so when it comes to types of strains and products. It all comes down to finding out what works best for you. One of the best ways to accumulate that knowledge is through some self-studying and talks with your doctor.
Physicians are likely never going to suggest outright that any patient start inhaling smoke, but there’s a myriad of medical professionals out there who are well-versed in the benefits of cannabis, especially when tasked with trying to rid a person of an opioid addiction. So, most likely, they’ll be able to guide you in the right direction by suggestion various edibles, tinctures, or alike that would help you steer clear of those damaging pills, and live a more natural, pain-free life with cannabis.