Cannabis for Chronic Pain

Brianne Fitzgerald, NP – At first glance it looks like a no brainer.  Recreational cannabis legalization first took place on the West Coast and the first serious wave of opioid addiction took place in Appalachia and Maine.  If all you do it eyeball the numbers and jump to the idea that pot = less opioid use you have missed a lot.  The data is indeed messy.  Some say that cannabis is a gateway drug (and from where I sit 100% of the patients, I see identify cannabis/alcohol/nicotine as their initiation into further drug use).  This is not causal it is by association because we have not done systemic studies and yet 72,000 people fatally overdosed on opioids in 2017.  Should we continue to beat … Continue reading Cannabis for Chronic Pain