Cannabis: An Ancient Plant Used Throughout History
Cannabis has been used to treat ailments since 4000 BC. Despite its abilities to offer relief for those in pain, this drug became demonized and criminalized beginning in the early 20th century.
Conversely, in the 1990s, opioid prescriptions took off, leading to an epidemic of dependency and overdoses. Until this time, chronic pain was severely untreated.
Cannabis has been proven to alleviate chronic pain without the health risks posed by opioids. Our team at Apollo Cannabis Clinic Toronto created the below infographic, “Cannabis Vs. Opioids,” to offer an in-depth comparison between these two drugs – and ultimately offer an alternative to opioids.
100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, with symptoms ranging from difficulty sleeping to mood changes and a weakened immune system. However, pain is subjective, so it can be difficult to treat. First you’ll need to see if you’re eligible for medical cannabis.
In March 2016, there were 1.2 million authorized cannabis users in the US. Comparably, in 2013, approximately 250 million opioid prescriptions were written – meaning 3/4 of Americans could have their own bottle.
The Dangers of Opioids:
In 2010, the US accounted for 5% of the world population but consumed 99% of it’s hydrocodone supply and 88% of its oxycodone supply. Unsurprisingly, more than 15,000 people died in the US in 2015 from opioid prescriptions – around 40 deaths each day – compared to zero total deaths from cannabis.
In fact, it would take 1000x the effective dose of cannabis for it to be fatal, compared to only 5x the effective dose of opioids.
Reduce Prescription Opioids:
Patients using medical cannabis saw a 64% reduction in use of opioids and other pain medications. Cannabis has been proven to treat chronic pain, muscle spasms for those with multiple sclerosis and nausea from chemotherapy.
Each year that marijuana is legalized, the opioid overdose death rate drops – from twenty% in the first year to 33% in the 6th year.
Cannabis can help to manage symptoms of chronic pain without the health risks presented by opioids. Check out the below infographic to learn more.
Here’s what you need to know before seeing your local medical dispensary:You will require a physician’s recommendation, medical cannabis certification, or whatever appropriate documentation is required by your condition. Ordinarily, you need to be 18 or older to qualify for a medical consent, but exceptions could be made in some conditions for minors with especially debilitating conditions. You will often enroll with a medicinal dispensary. This is to maintain your medical cannabis recommendation or certificate on file for legal and regulatory purposes. There’ll be a waiting room. This is to control the circulation of product and patients, but a straightforward dividing wall also gives patients privacy and direct one-on-one contact using a budtender to candidly discuss medical problems. This process can assist budtenders and patients monitor effective medication as well as possess a living listing of producers and goods for future reference and follow-up. Medicinal dispensaries usually allow you to smell and examine the buds prior to buy. This may vary from state-to-state.
Yes, municipal approval is required before the AGLC will issue a retail cannabis license. Applicants must get in contact with their planned municipality to find out requirements concerning municipal retail cannabis laws, zoning requirements, land-use limitations, and place requirements regarding how close a retail shop can be to a provincial medical care centre, college, or parcel of property designated as a school book.
Keep non-medical cannabis legal Adults that are 19 years or older are able to:Have up to 30 g of legal dried cannabis or the equivalent in their own person. Share up to 30 g of legal cannabis with other adults in Canada. Purchase cannabis products from a Yukon Liquor Corporation licensed retailer. Grow up to four plants per household. It is illegal to present non invasive cannabis to anyone under the age of 19 and also for anybody below the age of 19 to possess any quantity of non-medical cannabis in Yukon.It is dangerous and illegal to drive while under the influence of cannabis or other intoxicants.