Opioids are a class of drugs used for pain relief and they have a high risk of addiction as well as other intolerable side effects. At Coastal Wellness Centers in Ormond Beach and DeLand, Florida, Joseph Rosado, MD, Kathryne Gunn, DO, and Alyn L. Benezette, DO, recommend medical cannabis. They can help you register for medical marijuana cards to either replace opioids for pain relief or to help you recover from opioid addiction. Call Coastal Wellness Centers today or schedule a consultation online to find out if you’re a candidate for medical cannabis.
Opioids are medicines that are either made from the poppy plant or engineered in a lab to deliver similar effects. Opioids are often prescribed as pain-relieving medication and are also common street drugs like heroin.
While opioids are often prescribed to alleviate pain, they only block pain signals and don’t do anything to address the underlying condition. While this is an appropriate short-term treatment following surgery or a severe injury, opioids are highly addictive, and today more than 2 million Americans have an opioid abuse disorder.
Opioid addiction or substance abuse disorder is a mental health condition that causes intense and uncontrollable urges to use opioids. Often, your pursuit and use of opioids interferes with your ability to function at work or home and damages your relationships with friends and loved ones.
While medical researchers haven’t identified why some people are prone to addiction and others aren’t, they have found that people with addiction have abnormalities in the parts of their brains that regulate judgment and impulse control.
The team at Coastal Wellness Centers can recommend medical cannabis as an alternative pain-relieving medication or as a treatment option for opioid addiction.
Medical cannabis relieves pain in two ways. In addition to providing an anti-inflammatory effect on your body to reduce short-term pain, it also stimulates your endocannabinoid system, which blocks pain signals and alleviates chronic pain.
Applying medical cannabis to opioid addiction is a revolutionary concept. However, studies are showing that when patients replace opioids with medical cannabis, they’re less likely to experience withdrawal symptoms that often trigger a relapse. Medical cannabis also continues to provide pain relief, which is a common reason for starting to use and eventually abuse opioids.
There are a couple of steps to complete to become a registered medical cannabis patient. First, you need to have an initial consultation with the team at Coastal Wellness Centers for them to assess your condition and determine if medical cannabis will help you.
If you’re a suitable candidate for medical cannabis, the team enters your details on the Florida Department of Health’s Compassionate Use database and helps you complete the registration process.
When the registration process is complete, you have a second appointment to discuss the correct dose and best method of using medical cannabis. Armed with your provider’s recommendations, you can go to a licensed dispensary to purchase your medicine.
Call Coastal Wellness Centers or make an appointment online today to find out if medical cannabis is a treatment option for you.