By Jessica K
It is known that 42, 249 people died in the United States in 2016 due to overdosing on opiods, as reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It began in 1990s with the popularity of prescription pills. In the early 2000s was with the rise in the use of heroin while the previous years have seen the use of fentanyl.
It is sad to know that people are not open to communicate about the opioid addiction so that they get the help they need. Breaking the stigma can support in overcoming the crisis. Moreover, doctors should take extra care while prescribing medications and making the patients aware about the side effects of these drugs as well as looking into alternative forms of medicine.
Cannabis is such an alternate medicine and an excellent natural herb which can help in relieving pain, anxiety, etc. There are various products available in the market, ranging from cannabis seeds to cannabis strains (like laughing buddha cannabis strain), CBD oil etc. Cannabis infused products can prove to be highly beneficial to people suffering from chronic illnesses.
While several countries are far from even considering legalization of medical cannabis, currently 29 states and Washington DC have permitted its legal use.