Could marijuana help solve the opioid crisis? | The Tylt
Could marijuana help solve the opioid crisis?
Researchers say there are several ways medical marijuana could combat the opioid crisis. Giving people with chronic pain medical marijuana instead of dangerously addictive prescription drugs could prevent many people from becoming addicted to opioids in the first place.
But treating addiction with cannabis is very controversial in recovery circles, because established addiction treatment programs like Alcoholics Anonymous oppose the use of any intoxicants in sobriety. Researchers also caution there have not been enough studies to firmly establish whether or not cannabis helps addicts successfully and safely.