Dr Oz: Opiate Addiction Solution
Opioid drug addiction is the fastest growing addiction in America. Roughly one in five people, 48 million, have reportedly abused a prescription drug in their lifetime. Now, 12 states have more opioid pain pill prescriptions than people! But in states with legal medical marijuana, fewer opioids are prescribed. Marijuana has been called a gateway drug, which means it can lead to the use of other drugs. But Dr Oz was curious if marijuana could actually be the secret to avoiding opioid addiction. Dr Oz asked if we should be sending people with addiction to “reefer rehab.”
Since 1998, American prescription drug abuse has risen by 400% and today, millions of Americans are hooked and many turn to heroin to get their fix.
Dr Oz was joined by Krishna Andavolu, host of Weediquette, who followed a man as he withdrew from his serious addiction to methadone with the help of cannabis at one of those “reefer rehabs” in Maine. Krishna admitted that at first, he did feel like the man was just trading one drug addiction for the other, but he learned that it was anything but that. Krishna explained that if you think of pot as a medicine, then it can certainly be helpful, but if you think of it as a dangerous drug, than it can be an equivalent.
Dr Oz: RSO & Cannabis To Break Free From Addiction
We got a look inside a man named Beau’s withdrawals and struggle to break free from his addiction with the help of cannabis. The caregivers were trying to give him the chance to sleep using RSO, or Rick Simpson Oil, a cannabis plant extract. The weed didn’t put him out completely, but the drug combined with personal attention, definitely seemed to help him through the worst of it.
Dr Oz explained that when someone is going through opiate withdrawals, they have a stress center of the brain that is super active, causing pain, upset stomach, tremors and chills, crawling skin, and paranoia or delusions. When someone with those symptoms takes marijuana, it can help them relax almost instantly, relieving those symptoms, if it’s used correctly.
Dr Oz: Can Marijuana Help Cure Drug Addiction?
Dr Oz was curious about the so-called rehab camp, because it was an unlicensed camp and the “counselors” were getting high themselves. So just how safe were they? Krishna acknowledged that it was an unaccredited camp, but it is legal. However, because the federal government doesn’t recognize marijuana as medically beneficial, the FDA and traditional medical science can’t do the innovation necessary to bring in new ideas to look at the rehabilitation capabilities of the drug.
Dr Oz: Fighting Drugs With Another Drug?
Addiction is something that can happen to anyone, but crisis emerges from traditional medicine, according to Krishna. He explained that so many people who become addicted to opiates, started by simply taking medicine for an injury or other cause of pain. Basically, it’s people who are just trying to do the right things for themselves and fall down the wrong hole.
One of the biggest problems is that people don’t know ow to find the best care and what they do find can be too expensive. With so many people seeking treatment, there aren’t enough rehab facilities and clinics to handle the large number, and most don’t have the financial support either. Instead of addicts getting weaned off opiates overtime, they spend their lives bound by a “state-sponsored drug known amongst addicts as liquid handcuffs.”
Marijuana can potentially allow users to treat the chronic pain that got them into the bad situation in the first place, as well as the drug addiction that’s ruining their lives.