Recently Senator Elizabeth Warren urged the CDC to consider marijuana as an alternative treatment to prescription painkillers. This is a major step forward in the fight against painkiller addiction.
So, exactly how is marijuana an alternative solution?
There have been numerous reports of veterans with PTSD and professional athletes with trauma turning in their prescription medication for marijuana to treat their ailments. Most prescription painkillers have a very addictive component. Returning soldiers and even athletes racked with pain and inflammation are prescribed these opioid pain killers. Often times, these are the only options when suffering from injury or PTSD and come with a price to pay as it is easy to develop a dependency. Aside from the addictive properties, prescription medications can also be very harmful to the body causing a variety of side effects depending on the patient and in worst cases can cause an overdose if taken in excess.
This is why many people with these types of ailments are now turning to medical marijuana for treatment. Marijuana has many of the healing properties of leading painkillers without the side effects that accompany them. Cannabinoids have been shown to relax the body, treat bodily pain, reduce inflammation and have no addictive properties. Marijuana is also a natural painkiller that will not severely harm the body after continual use.