Many chronic pain patients use prescription opioids to aid their suffering, but with such high rates of opioid abuse, addiction, and even fatal overdoses, many patients search to find an alternative therapeutic regimen that offers the relief they need without the possibility of such terrifying outcomes. Many patients have found this relief in medical marijuana, which has far fewer side effects than opioids, but with only about half of the states having legalized the substance, access to the medication can be very difficult. In addition, the negative stigmas associated with marijuana make many patients hesitant to try it and many physicians hesitant to recommend it.
In an interview with Dr. Gary Witman, an internist and former emergency room physician who now works with Canna Care Docs, Dr. Witman discusses how medical marijuana can be an excellent therapy for chronic pain sufferers and an ideal replacement for pharmaceutical opioids. Read the full interview on the National Pain Report. This information has been approved by our Chief Medical Officer.