While He Waits 30 To 45 Minutes For The Drugs To Take Effect, He Lies Down And Waits.

PRESS CONFERENCE The lawmakers pointed to a 2016 University of Michigan study that showed a 64 http://michiganmedicalmarijuana.biz/ percent reduction in use of opioid painkillers among patients who used medical marijuana to treat chronic pain and a 2014 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association that showed an average 25 percent reduction in opioid-related deaths in states with medical marijuana laws compared to states without. However, the JAMA study’s authors warned against drawing conclusions about its findings without additional research. While cannabis is not “harmless,” it has a “remarkable safety record” compared to other drugs used for pain and nausea control, said Dr. David Olive, a surgeon at the Wisconsin Fertility Institute who specializes in reproductive endocrinology. Olive said women with endometriosis, a condition that causes pain and can lead to infertility, could benefit from medical marijuana. Many of the women he treats for the condition have been prescribed opioids for their chronic pelvic pain and “literally beg” for an alternative treatment, Olive said. Olive has a personal stake in the issue, too, as he is undergoing treatment for lung cancer. Already taking opioids around the clock during his chemotherapy treatments, Olive is sometimes hit with breakthrough pain that requires a dose of a shorter-acting opioid. While he waits 30 to 45 minutes for the drugs to take effect, he lies down and waits. “Cannabis provides relief in less than five minutes,” he said. “Unfortunately, its not available to me, so what I do is lie quietly and suffer needlessly.” Steve Acheson, an Iraq War veteran, uses cannabis to treat pain from physical injuries sustained in the war along with the “invisible wound” of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He held up two large freezer bags full of prescription bottles he had been issued for his ailments: among them were opioids, muscle relaxers, ant-inflammatory drugs and sleeping pills.

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