Opiates and Pain Management
We all experience pain throughout our lifetime. Chronic pain can make a grand entrance into our lives as early as our twenties. And over time, the daily wear and tear of our bodies may progress without proper maintenance. We also experience acute pain. Acute pain is directly related to tissue damage such as a sprained ankle or paper cut. Acute pain normally expires once the body is healed, whereas chronic pain can last indefinitely. It is very common to receive a prescription for an opiate like codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone or morphine to manage the pain. However, with the rising numbers of pharmaceutical opiate addiction, many of us are looking for more natural and safer ways for pain management. In this article, we are going to look at how opiates and cannabis can either work with each other or against us.
When it comes to acute pain, opiates could provide the immediate relief you need especially after a serious injury or post operation. You could simultaneously incorporate Medi X Oils. Alongside maintaining your health i.e. no playing golf on a sprained ankle, and also eating right, an Indica like Grand Daddy Purple or Blueberry may help manage the pain as you wean off the opiates.
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Of course, one must act responsibly when taking opiates. Once in the bloodstream, opiates interact with several brain receptors that release pain relief and positive feelings.1 Unfortunately, the body builds an opiate tolerance and requires an increased dosage to achieve the same pain-relieving effect. This brings up the main concern regarding opiates: ADDICTION. On the bright side, several studies are currently underway to discover the potential use of cannabis to treat opiate addiction. But I digress…
As cannabis enters the bloodstream, it not only interacts with the same receptors as opiates, but also the endocannabinoid system. This means that you could experience extra healing benefits that only cannabis can provide.
SIDE EFFECTS OF OPIATES
We already mentioned opiate addiction as a side effect that brings the most concern. But there are several other “lesser” side effects to worry about. Side effects of opiates include: sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, respiratory problems, rashes, wheezing, difficulty breathing and closing of the throat.
As far as cannabis is concerned, side effects include: an altered state of consciousness, distorted perception of time and space, impaired coordination and concentration, self-conscious thoughts, sedation and an increase in heart rate and appetite.2
Encouraging Information about Cannabis and Opiates
On April 2, 2018, JAMA Internal Medicine published a study “Association Between US State Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D Population”. In the study they concluded:
“Medical cannabis laws are associated with significant reductions in opioid prescribing in the Medicare Part D population. This finding was particularly strong in states that permit dispensaries, and for reductions in hydrocodone and morphine prescriptions.”3
Opiates or Cannabis
After reviewing all the information, one could conclude that the combination of opiate and cannabis use for acute pain could provide a well -balanced healing effect. However, as far as chronic pain is concerned, cannabis could be the preferred analgesic over opiates. But it’s not the solution. Chronic pain generally results from a more serious health issue, such as arthritis, diabetes, etc. It is imperative to treat the root cause of the pain and to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially when using medication for pain management.
During the day, try out Medi X Strawberry Banana or Pineapple Express. These two hybrids could provide the perfect balance to manage pain. Both strains could have euphoric, energizing effects while adding relief for chronic pain. Earlier we suggested two indicas, Grand Daddy Purple and Blueberry. These strains could help relax you and help with pain during the evening. Medi X creates cartridges that contain 100 doses depending on your tolerance. You could safely take more than your usual does of an indica so that the healing effects could possibly last through the night.
We wish you the best in your battle against pain. What are your thoughts on cannabis and opiates for pain management?
Disclaimer: Posts are made for getting the conversation going about the popular uses of cannabis. Information and statements made are for educational purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. It is not our intention to dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse; National Institutes of Health; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- L. Anderson PharmD (2016 November 13) Cannabis https://www.drugs.com/illicit/cannabis.html
- Ashley C Bradford, BA, W, David Bradford, PHD, Amanda Abraham PHD (2 April 2018) “Association Between US Medical Cannabis Laws and Opioid Prescribing in the Medicare Part D Population” JAMA Internal Medicine, JAMA Network