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Medical Marijuana Fighting the Opioid Epidemic

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2018 11:09:58 PM / by Winter Ninivaggi

Medical marijuana, legal for New York residents.

Janis L. Enzenbacher, MD is your medical marijuana expert. For two years she has been certifying patients for medical cannabis. You must be a New York resident. We understand the benefits, safety and necessity of the medicine. We will take the time to meet with you and hear your story, allowing us to give you the best referral process possible. Dr. Enzenbacher is a certified medical marijuana referring physician. She will guide you through the process during your consult. Dr. Enzenbacher is not only licensed to refer you, but incredibly educated on the process, laws, and the benefits of medical marijuana. 

Find relief from chronic pain, cancer, PTSD, IBD and other autoimmune conditions. It may even help with decreasing opioid dependency. 

Studies are finding that medical marijuana may be just the thing needed to curb the opioid epidemic. A recent study published in Addiction Biology in 2013 showed that cannabidiol inhibited the reward-facilitating effect of morphine. One of the authors of that study wrote, "Our results suggest that cannabidiol interferes with brain reward mechanisms responsible for the expression of the acute reinforcing properties of opioids, thus indicating that cannabidiol may be clinically useful in attenuating the rewarding effects of opioids,"  In another study, conducted by Dr. Hurd and colleagues, "showed the effect of cannabidiol in normalizing heroin-induced impairment in the endocannabinoid system and glutamate receptors in the striatum, suggesting a possible effect of normalizing synaptic plasticity in the region."

Not only is research finding ways for medical cannabis to help opioid addiction, but it can also be used instead to treat chronic pain. Opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin are dangerously habit-forming and are over-prescribed. Along with the risk of developing a tolerance and/or dependency to these drugs, they also come with other health risks. Some of the side-effects can be so harsh they effect a patient's quality of life. They come at a high risk for abuse, can ruin the person's quality of life and and in some cases can prove to have fatal effects. When taking a drug to alleviate pain, you do not want to be taking one that will take away from your daily life. Opioids are dangerous.

Patients who were previously addicted to oxycodone and other opiates have benefited from getting off these dangerous addictive drugs and taking effective strains of medical marijuana for safe pain management.

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Melville, N. A. (2018, February 6). Role for Cannabis in Treatment for Opioid Addiction? Retrieved March 20, 2018, from

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

Isadora Guggenheim, ND, RN, MS, CNS LMT, owner of Second Nature Naturopathic Care, LLC
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