PTSD, Opiates, Hashish, and the Highway to Restoration

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Compare that comment to the scientists’ statement that the poor quality of cannabis made available to researchers through the federal program affected their work in 2019.

Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, stated that veterans are much more likely to self-report with cannabis and that the study results further legitimize their claims. Veterans are more likely to experience PSTD and substance abuse, including opiate abuse.

An even more recent study of opiate and cannabis use published in Pain Medicine on December 27, 2020, took into account the experiences of 1,145 patients. After six months of cannabis treatment, the mean opioid dose was reduced by 78 percent.

Another December study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence found that cannabis users were at significantly lower risk of exposure to fentanyl.

VANCOUVER.  MARCH 2, 2015 - Vancouver police and doctors raise awareness of a new drug, fentanyl, during a press conference at the VPD headquarters in Vancouver, BC, on March 2, 2015.  (Arlen Redekop Photo / PNG Staff) (John Colebourn) 00035124B                                                        [PNG Merlin Archive]FILE PHOTO: Vancouver police and doctors raise awareness of fentanyl during a press conference at the VPD headquarters in Vancouver, BC, March 2, 2015. / Photo by Arlen Redekop /.PNG

Research continues to suggest that cannabis may play a role as an alternative pharmacological option. However, there is still a lot to be done to fully understand its potential.

Research on suicidal ideation and self-harm has also recently been published. Marijuana use can put some people at risk of suicidal thoughts on opiates who are worse off. It can also be related to self harm in teenagers when used with alcohol.

However, opiate addicts are already a high risk population for thoughts of suicide, and reckless behavior is generally linked to self-harm.

However, the Dec. 27 study points out, “The high rate of cannabis use in chronic pain and the subsequent reduction in opioid use suggest that cannabis may play a role in harm reduction in the opioid overdose crisis and possibly patient quality of life can improve and general public health. “

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