As the benefits of medical marijuana as a treatment for a number of conditions are emerging, more states are beginning to change the laws regarding its use. The cannabidiol (CBD) component of marijuana offers treatments for a range of ailments and pains, thus it is not surprising that people would opt for it as opposed to painkillers.
Research has been conducted on the substitution of painkillers with cannabis; it’s relaxing properties are especially helpful with patients suffering from chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and sleep-related disorders. Some of the benefits this substitution offers are:
There’s a lesser possibility of an overdose
Using painkillers, especially opioid-based ones, can lead to a greater incidence of overdose and death. About 218,000 people in the United States alone have died from overdosing on opioids between 1999 and 2017. Using medical marijuana to soothe your chronic pains can be effective and is less likely to form a dependency on the drug as opposed to prescription medication.
It has several benefits
Medical marijuana boasts of several benefits and can have a holistically positive experience for you. It is popularly used as a pain management aid but also has an effect as a muscle relaxant, decrease inflammation, with PTSD, depression, anxiety, Crohn’s disease, cancer, and can also help with the tremors associated with Parkinson’s disease. With such all-encompassing and far-reaching benefits, medical marijuana seems like a good substitute to painkillers.
You won’t be addicted to the high
Marijuana has several strains, with each of them offering varying levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). While marijuana that has higher levels of THC can have psychoactive tendencies and can give you that “high” that marijuana is notorious for, variants that have a higher CBD component have a lesser tendency to make you high but can be just as effective.
Painkillers, on the other hand, tend to be a leading cause for users’ addiction to the “high” they experience with the pain-relief. About 54 million people in the United States, over the age of 12, have reported using prescription drugs for reasons that are not medical.
Medical marijuana, like painkillers, may not work for everyone and for every condition they are experiencing. It’s important to have a doctor review your symptoms and decide whether it is suited to your needs. Midori Med’s experienced doctors—in North Miami and Hollywood—provide comprehensive services including screening, registry, and enabling easy access to medical marijuana through approved dispensaries. Get in contact with one of the best medical marijuana doctors and start your journey of substituting your painkillers.