Medical Marijuana Could Replace Opioids

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

Source: http://www.timescolonist.com/news/local/medical-marijuana-studied-as-replacement-for-opioids-1.22198446

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