For decades, the government pushed the idea on us that cannabis was a “gateway” drug to harder substances. In more recent years, we have discovered that this simply isn’t true. Furthermore, cannabis can actually help those addicted to opiates break free from dangerous addictions. Neuroscientist Dr. Michele Ross speaks up about that and more in an interview with Cannabis.net.
Why the upcoming DEA decision means so much
Many people are excited about the potential rescheduling of cannabis by the DEA. After all, wouldn’t Schedule II be better than Schedule I? Dr. Ross says it might make things worse for patients instead of better.
It really just opens it up for complete regulation by the FDA as well as turning it into sort of a pharmaceutical. Schedule II doesn’t legalize cannabis. Other drugs on Schedule II include cocaine, methamphetamine, so as you well know, you can’t go to your pharmacy and buy cocaine.
She says that in Schedule II, the FDA could step in and make every product go through the expensive process of clinical trials before allowing its sale. This could mean millions of dollars and years of red tape to access products already on the shelves.
A getaway drug, not a gateway drug
How can cannabis help people addicted to opiates? What is the difference between addiction and dependence?
I would like to clarify, so there is a difference between addiction and dependence. Any patient that’s on opiates long-term will be dependent. It’s a physical dependence. There’s a difference between that, and addiction. Addiction is when you escalate your dose or your seeking drugs.
You should definitely consider cannabis as an alternative. It’s safer, there’s no amount of cannabis or THC that you can really overdose on. Unlike opiates…you can actually overdose on your own prescription without having been, escalating your dose to that of an opiate addict.
Dr. Ross says to get the help of a doctor, slowly wean off the opiates, and use cannabis to help with the pain and withdrawals.
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