Opioids are naturally occurring effective and powerful pain-relieving medications that are made from the poppy plant. They work to produce various effects, including pain relief, hence referred to as painkillers. What makes opioids so effective also makes them dangerous, as it comes with risks. Prolonged use of opioids increases tolerance and dependence, which leads to patients needing to take higher and more frequent doses. If taken in large quantities, it can slow the heart rate and restrict the patient’s ability to breathe, leading to death in extreme cases. Since they effectively relieve pain and give feelings of comfort and pleasure, some patients tend to continue experiencing those feelings leading to addiction.

Opioids usage in most countries, especially in the US, reached 2 million in 2015. Opioid analgesic use and overdoses have increased dramatically, and addiction leading to an overdose of the drug has resulted in several deaths in the US. The threat of opioid overdose to families and communities led to the declaration of opioid use disorder as a public health issue. There is hope that Marijuana can reduce this opioid use disorder, as it is emerging as an effective pain-reducing agent. This premonition was initiated when two ecological analyses discovered with credible data that there are more opioid-related deaths in US states yet to legalize Marijuana compared with states that allow the use of Marijuana.

Further reduction was observed as states developed and passed Medical Marijuana laws. However, the ecological analyses didn’t give more information to determine if patients that use Marijuana have a lower or increased risk of developing opioid use disorder. Still, more research is required to understand how Marijuana produces its medicinal properties and is able to manage symptoms of many health conditions.

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How can Marijuana Reduce Opioid Use?

There are different hypotheses that support Marijuana’s effectiveness against opioid use, and the first is that Marijuana is an excellent alternative choice. When patients take it under the guidance of a specialist, the benefits outweigh the risks. Several studies have revealed the potency of cannabinoids in Marijuana in managing chronic pain. They affect the pain pathway in the body and reduce the signals lowering the sensation of pain.

Clinical research is still ongoing to understand how Cannabis interacts with other systems in the body. And organs to ensure its safety as a medicinal drug. However, the pain-reducing property of Marijuana is well established, and an increasing number of terminally ill patients and others suffering from chronic pain are using it for pain relief. Almost all clinical trials have been investigating pain management, and the majority of patients receiving Marijuana treatment do so because of pain.

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How to add Marijuana to your Pain Treatment?

Medicinal Marijuana can be taken once you have applied for a Medical Marijuana Card and have a recommendation from a licensed physician. States with legalized Marijuana programs have licensed dispensaries that are legally authorized to sell Marijuana to patients. Marijuana is a controlled drug, meaning it has consequences when taken indiscriminately, without proper guidance from an expert.

We are helping many new patients complete their certification, and our physicians give them bespoke Marijuana recommendations. Our experienced physicians understand your symptoms, review your medical history. And evaluate your current medications to make the best recommendations for your health condition. Marijuana has two active components that resolve most health conditions, THC and CBD. Physicians always advise patients not to take Marijuana without a recommendation. Because they likely don’t understand how the active components work to give them the best results. It is imperative for successful treatment that one knows how to combine these two cannabinoids to address the symptoms. Hence, our physicians usually start with a small dose of Marijuana. And increase it gradually depending on the patient’s response to the dose.

Like Opioids, Marijuana is a controlled drug, and authorization must be obtained before any patient can start taking it. You need to have a medical card that shows you are registered and legally approved to take Medical Marijuana. The physician in My Florida Green clinic can help you get around the process to gain the needed approval. Patients should work with experienced physicians as their experience can facilitate the process and remove the unnecessary delay. After the registration is completed, your Marijuana card will be delivered to you within three to four weeks.

My Florida Green is helping patients replace Opioids with Marijuana Products

Our physicians are helping qualified patients complete all registration requirements to qualify for Marijuana treatment. The certification process is stressful for some patients, but we make the process easy and completely stress-free for you. We offer patient-centered care using the latest secure digital platform. That allows us to monitor the certification process, treatment journey, and renewal process. We have established centers in different cities in Florida, and you can call or visit one of our centers today.