As medical marijuana becomes a more common practice across the country, doctors and scientists are noticing a significant trend: opioid use is decreasing in places where marijuana is legal. This is according to two papers published in JAMA Internal Medicine that identified how medical marijuana has the potential to replace dangerous and addictive opioids.

One of the study’s authors, W. David Bradford, explained, “In this time when we are so concerned – rightly so – about opiate misuse and abuse and about the mortality that’s occurring, we need to be clear-eyed and use evidence to drive our policies. If you’re interested in giving people options for pain management that don’t bring the particular risks that opiates do, states should contemplate [medical cannabis].”

Why Should Medical Marijuana Replace Painkillers?

Millions of Americans live in chronic and debilitating pain every single day. From migraines and joint discomfort to severe back pain, these 100 million adults are currently targeted by the pharmaceutical companies that produce Vicodin and Oxycontin. However, given that opioids contribute to tens of thousands of deaths each year and lead to addiction, medical marijuana offers a way to fight the epidemic and alleviate pain effectively.

The Health Benefits of Medical Marijuana

According to a report released by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), there is conclusive evidence that cannabis can effectively treat chronic pain. This is because the body is already equipped with natural cannabinoid receptors that play essential roles in many of the body’s physiological processes, including pain. When cannabis is introduced into the body, it activates those receptors to alleviate sensations of pain. This makes medical marijuana an excellent treatment option for people suffering from fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, migraines, and other forms of debilitating pain.

What’s the Process to Obtain Medical Marijuana?

Your first step to obtain a medical marijuana card is to visit a physician like Point Lumineux to be diagnosed with one of the eligible conditions and approved for medical cannabis. You then need to be entered into the state’s medical marijuana registry and apply for your card. Once it’s been approved, you can receive about 30 weeks worth of medical cannabis before returning to your doctor for another prescription.

If you’re ready to take the first steps to receive medical marijuana and experience the comfort and relief that it can bring to your worst chronic conditions, make an appointment at Point Lumineux today.