Oregon company proposes cannabis-for-opioid swap
Here at ES, we firmly believe that if your doctor prescribes you something, you should definitely use it as directed. But the fact remains that opioids are prescribed extremely often in America today (either because they can help or because they've been heavily marketed and promoted by the drug companies), and those types of painkillers can be very addictive and destructive to a human life. Marijuana, on the other hand, is not addictive at all, and can for many people (again, listen to your doctor) be a more healthy alternative for dealing with pain and anxiety. There's no question that there's an opioid crisis in America. -- even the orange jackass currently in our White House agrees on that.
In the midst of this situation, one company in Oregon says they have a solution: Cannabis for opioids. Kaya Holdings has announced "Kaya Cares," a planned swap program where people with harmful prescription drugs can swap them out for cannabis, free of charge. If the program is approved (and that's a big if), patients will be able to bring in opioids and trade them out for cannabis, which is a preferred solution for most patients.
There are plenty of hurdles here: Kaya is trying to work with state and local law enforcement officers to make sure the program is all right, and of course if this does go through, traditional drug companies might not be too thrilled about it. Still, it's a cool idea, and it would be nice to give people stuck with opioids a chance to try a different alternative.
You won't see us here at ES talking about marijuana like a miracle drug -- certainly it's powerful, and it could be a great alternative for a lot of people addicted to painkillers. And according to all the science, it certainly appears to be healthier than opioids at least, considering opioids are straight up killing people, and it's essentially impossible to overdose on weed. There's definitely still more science to do, and it's unclear whether Kaya will be able to pull a program like this off, but it certainly seems like if more patients were able to switch out cannabis for opioids, the country would be healthier for it.