Canadian Medical Experts Say Cannabis Can Help Reduce Opioid Use

It’s no secret that North America is currently gripped in a rampant and dangerous opioid epidemic. The United States has the most opioid users per capita in the world, followed by Canada.

These troubling numbers have governments scrambling to act, healthcare officials are looking for ways to decrease opioid use whenever possible. Now, it looks like cannabis can come to the rescue.

Canadian medical experts including Dr. Mark Ware, the Vice Chair of Canada’s marijuana task force, say that hopes are high cannabis can be a safe substitute and decrease the amount of opiates patients are prescribed. He added that Canada’s legal framework will facilitate research into the subject.

In his statements to The Canadian Press, Dr. Ware cited that published scientific research already indicates that the way cannabinoid molecules interact with the brain is synergistic to how opioids interact with receptors in the body. “This appears to be a very profound effect,” he said.

Further to these important comments, facts show that geographical areas with legal medical marijuana have reported drastic declines in opioid-related deaths. Dr. Ware added to this by stating the need for…

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