Tilray (which is based in Nanaimo) believes cannabis could help reduce opioid overdoses and help people overcome addiction.
Philippe Lucas, who works for medical-marijuana producer Tilray, published an academic paper in the Harm Reduction Journal that explores cannabis as a substitute for opioids.
Lucas said doctors should consider prescribing cannabis as a safer, less addictive alternative to opioids for treating chronic pain.
“The evidence is clear at this point that medical cannabis is far less addicting and has … zero risk of overdose compared to opioids,” said Lucas, who has been researching the therapeutic use of cannabis for more than a decade. Read more