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Ending the Opioid Epidemic with Medical Marijuana

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 19, 2019 7:06:50 AM / by Winter Ninivaggi


Physicians are approaching a crossroad in medicine. Prescription Opioids could be approaching an end.

Traditionally for the relief of pain that is too severe for Tylenol, a physician will prescribe some type of opioid. National health leaders have been advocating for the reduction of prescription opioids such as OxyContin and Vicodin as these drugs 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, here is the actual list of possible side effects for OxyContin:
  • Nausea, vomiting, constipation, loss of appetite
  • Dizziness, headache, tired feeling, weakness, lightheadedness
  • Dry Mouth, Sweating, Itching
It is also advised that you seek immediate medical attention for the more serious side effects such as:
  • Fainting, seizure
  • Slow/ Shallow breathing
  • Unusual drowsiness, difficulty waking up

It is hard to understand why opioids are the go-to in pain management when they have these side-effects.How do we cut down on opioid use?

In a recent study patients using medical marijuana to control chronic pain reported a 64% decrease in use of opioids for pain relief. The patients also reported a 45% increase in their quality of life. The use of medical marijuana could be the new alternative for harsh opioids for pain management. Thankfully, New York has legalized the use of medicinal marijuana.

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.

This incredible plant can be used for so much in terms of medical treatment. Patients suffering with conditions that benefit from the use of medical marijuana no longer need to sacrifice their health to be a law abiding citizen. Piermont Gynecology refers patients with medical conditions that would benefit from the use of medical marijuana.  With many practitioners afraid to consult and refer patients, Dr. Enzenbacher is  licensed and educated in the marijuana referral process to provide patients with a thorough consultation and understanding of the process.

Call us at (914) 325-1664 to schedule your Med Mary consult. Dr. E. is attending the international medical marijuana conference this weekend in Baltimore along with thousands of other physicians and providers who understand how to legitimately prescribe medical marijuana for serious health conditions.

Also be sure to check out an activist site looking to spread further awareness about the benefits of medical marijuana. 

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Winter Ninivaggi

Written by Winter Ninivaggi

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