Is cannabis a viable solution?
S enator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the "Opioid Workforce Act", which will create 1,000 new Medicare-supported positions at hospitals throughout the country. The new doctors will be trained on addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain management.
“I think there’s going to be a shortage of doctors,” said Dr. Devanand Mangar, a chief anesthesiologist and board member at Tampa General Hospital. "I think because of the aging population and the more people living a lot longer there’s going to be a need for more physicians to take care of patients.” There could be a shortage of anywhere between 40,800 and 105,000 doctors by 2030, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Effectiveness of medical marijuana in relieving pain is moderately accepted in many parts of the world. In a more recent study, researchers gave participants who used opiate-based pain medicine to relieve both moderate and severe pain, three marijuana cigarettes per day, in addition to opiate-based pain medication. The participants reported around 27% overall reduction in the pain level, without any additional opiate-based prescriptions.
Recently the University of Florida was awarded a five-year research grant funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to determine the effectiveness of cannabis in treating HIV/AIDS.
At the CannXperience Health and Wellness Tour, a monthly event, we aim to nurture a common-sense approach to dealing with something we universally acknowledge is a problem. Opiate addiction is ravaging communities nationwide. Help us prevent more innocent people from prescription addiction and synthetic drugs that contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle. The biggest benefits of medical marijuana do not come with the same negative side effects, high costs and addiction experienced by most over-the-counter prescriptions. Any negative side effects of cannabis stem from a common lack of understanding about proper use, type, and ongoing self-evaluation.