medical cannabis as a harm reduction tool
The opioid crisis has had devastating effects on individuals, families, and communities across the country. The poisoned illicit drug supply has contributed significantly to the crisis, and it is imperative that we explore all potential solutions to address this issue.
One potential solution is the use of medical cannabis as a substitute for the poisoned illicit drug supply. Cannabis has been shown to have potential therapeutic benefits for individuals with drug use disorders, including pain relief and reduction of opioid cravings. It is also significantly less toxic than many other drugs, making it a safer option for individuals who are seeking to reduce their use of harmful substances.
In addition to its potential therapeutic benefits, the use of medical cannabis as a harm reduction strategy could also have economic and social benefits. The legal cannabis industry is an emerging market that has the potential to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. By promoting the use of medical cannabis as a substitute for the poisoned illicit drug supply, we could support the growth of this industry and provide individuals with an alternative source of income.
Further research and exploration of this issue is warranted, and medical cannabis could provide a valuable addition to our efforts to address the crisis. The potential benefits of using medical cannabis as a harm reduction strategy in the ongoing opioid crisis should be supported by all levels of government in funding of research.
Disclaimer: Views expressed here are those of the author and are not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. If you have any medical questions or concerns, please talk to your healthcare practitioner.