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Canadian Researchers: Use Medical Marijuana Instead Of Opioids For Neuropathic Pain


medical marijuana doctorUsing opiods for pain is a hard thing for many people. Sure, the painkillers provide temporary relief from pain, but the side effects can be horrific. They tear up your organs, and often times lead to a level of addiction that ruins lives. If only there was another medicine out there that was effective that didn’t come with all of the problems…You see where I’m going with this. Medical marijuana is a proven form of treatment for pain, specifically neuropathic pain.

Recently researchers in Canada started pushing for Canadian doctors to substitute opioid based painkillers for medical marijuana. Per The Globe and Mail:

Canadian doctors should use medical marijuana instead of frequently abused opioids to treat patients with neuropathic pain and a host of other conditions cannabis has been proven to combat, Vancouver-based HIV/AIDS researchers argue in a newly published editorial.

Thomas Kerr, Julio Montaner and Stephanie Lake of the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS argue the Canadian Medical Association is holding pot to a higher standard than other pain-relieving pharmaceutical drugs and is ignoring high-quality, peer-reviewed studies on the use of cannabis. Their editorial is in the latest edition of the Journal of the Canadian Public Health Association.

Dr. Kerr, co-director of the centre’s Urban Health Research Initiative, said five recent randomized control trials and two systemic reviews have found marijuana helps relieve neuropathic pain. Yet many doctors are still loathe to prescribe a drug that has not been approved by Health Canada.

Doctors should want their patients to get better, and in the meantime reduce their suffering. Getting patients hooked on pharmaceutical painkillers may reduce their suffering for a brief time, but it rarely results in patients getting better. As I said earlier, it often times ruins the person’s life with addiction and the creation of other ailments due to the side effects of the painkillers. Marijuana is medicine, proven by science, and it’s a much, much better alternative to pharmaceutical painkillers. It’s time that doctors in Canada, and around the world, got on board. People’s lives are depending on it.


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  1. Cannabis Clubs on

    This is a fantastic article, it makes much more sense to treat neuropathic pain with natural remedies. There are too many side effects from opiates. Finally the world is starting to realize the potential of marijuana.

  2. Outstanding article!

    Thank You.


    Alison Myrden
    Federal Medical Cannabis Exemptee in Canada since 1994
    Retired Law Enforcement Officer
    Speaker for LEAP Since 2004
    Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
    Speaker for LPP
    Lawmen Protecting Patients
    Canadian Patient Representative for the IACM
    International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines
    Bonn, Germany
    Alison Myrden is part of the marijuana majority. Are you?
    MMAR Coalition against Repeal Lawsuit in Canada
    NDP Candidate for Oakville, Ontario 2004
    New Democratic Party of Canada

  3. Let us hope that this time, voters voices can overcome the big money of big pharma. Beware of the TV ads they are sure to buy in hope of perpetuating the refer madness lies in their hope to enslave another generation of opioid addicts. Big pharma rakes in much profit from addiction and their stock holders does not want that flow of cash to slow.

  4. I can attest to the fact that cannabis will help one feel better and it can do that with minimal side effects. Also, I believe that more should be done to illustrate how cannabis can be used to help patients recover from the horrible addiction of opioids.

  5. Big money always win. Drug companies give away huge some of money to the people who are supposed to protect us. People like our government officials and it’s agencies . Why else would the FDA approve oxycotin for children 11 years old and older. They are making future drug addicts. There is no other reason for this.

  6. Far too long doctors in the usa have been quiet about this, because they make money from making pain patients to addicts, and continue a cruel increase and ween down approach. Most chronic pain ppl could use a valium type drug but are refused because of the thought of one more addiction and pleasure . They care. More about you not getting any joy fro your medicine than the suffering you endure. Most deaths invol ing opiates include alcohol. The most dangerous drug out there is not a scheduled drug.

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