The Dangerous Side of Opioids and How Cannabis Can Tame the Beast

1. Opioid addiction in the U.S. alone have reached epidemic proportions with nearly 2 million people suffering from substance-use disorder. In 2014 almost 20,000 people died from overdoses related to prescription pain relievers.1

2. Furthermore, opioid use also may increase the probability of users acting on murderous or suicidal impulses.
(See: May the Force Be With You)

3. In addition, a new study revealed that the use of opioids may actually cause chronic pain.2

4. And, finally, opioid use can also lead to the suppression of empathy for yourself and others.
(See: Pain Killers: Short-Term Benefit vs. Long-Term Detriment to Your Soul)

As we see above, opioids have some significant limitations and liabilities as well as being useful and necessary as a way to deal with severe and acute pain. In contrast, cannabis offers synergistic benefits that enhance the benefits of opioids while reducing their risks and adverse effects.

HeroinCannabinoid health sciences have shown:

1. Complementary cannabinoid use can reduce opioid dosage without losing effectiveness and thus minimize associated addictive tendencies and overdose deaths.

2. We can now measure that states which have legalized medical cannabis have seen a drop in opiod addictions, over-doses, homicides, suicides, rape, as well as other violent crimes in general.

3. Cannabis, unlike opioids, can melt away our stress while inducing deep relaxation. In doing so, it also sets the stage to deal with chronic pain in such a way so as to pull it by its roots.

4. A properly dosed cannabis-experience can enhance empathy, connection, and insight and make otherwise intolerable emotional material acceptable and thus reveal the spiritual root of our physical pains and a potential new means to end it for good.

1 Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality File. (2015). Number and Age-Adjusted Rates of Drug-poisoning Deaths Involving Opioid Analgesics and Heroin: United States, 2000–2014. Atlanta, GA: Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
2 Peter M. Grace, Keith A. Strand, Erika L. Galer, Daniel J. Urban, Xiaohui Wang, Michael V. Baratta, Timothy J. Fabisiak, Nathan D. Anderson, Kejun Cheng, Lisa I. Greene, Debra Berkelhammer, Yingning Zhang, Amanda L. Ellis, Hang Hubert Yin, Serge Campeau, Kenner C. Rice, Bryan L. Roth, Steven F. Maier, and Linda R. Watkins. Morphine paradoxically prolongs neuropathic pain in rats by amplifying spinal NLRP3 inflammasome activation. PNAS 2016 113: E3441-E3450.

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