The body of evidence showing Cannabis’ potential in reducing opioid use and dependency is becoming ever clearer… …and if adopted as medical policy by states in coordination with physicians promises to have even greater effects….

Congress is holding hearings on proposals for ending the opioid crisis.. This story highlights testimony by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) who’s working in support of the Medical Marijuana Research Act of 2017, which he feels can be one of the most effective tools in the fight.

Importantly, the story also includes an inset and link to a new summary of recent research showing cannabis’ proven potential as a tool in significantly reducing the US’ opioid crisis just released by Congressman Blumenauer.

This one page monograph is backed up with another page of 16 relevant research references and is an effective answer to contentions to the contrary:

Here are the highlights of the “Physician Guide to Cannabis-Assisted Opioid Reduction” (Prepared by Adrianne Wilson-Poe, Ph.D.; Distributed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer)

-Cannabis reduces opioid overdose mortality.
-Cannabis reduces opioid consumption.
-Cannabis can prevent dose escalation and the development of opioid tolerance.
-Cannabis, alone or in combination with opioids, could be a viable first-line analgesic.
-Cannabis may be a viable tool in medication-assisted relapse prevention.

You can view the full (short) document by clicking in the article or here:

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