In the United States, there is a war on drugs that’s going on and has been for decades. With some drugs–such as opioids–it’s understandable why lawmakers and healthcare professionals are trying to get the use of the drugs under control. Opioids can be incredibly destructive in the lives of millions of individuals, families, and communities all over the country as well as throughout the world. But in case you need more reasons to toke up, here are 5 reason marijuana is better than opioids.
1. Marijuana treats pain effectively.
A recent study has shown that many patients with chronic pain actually prefer marijuana to opioids. Patients in this study reported that they didn’t have to use as much marijuana to get pain relief. Whereas with opioids, they had to continuously pop pills all day long. Also, it’s easier to build up a tolerance to opioids so that you need more and more for it to be effective.
2. Marijuana is natural.
Marijuana is a plant that comes from the earth whereas opioids are chemically manufactured by the pharmaceutical companies. Anything you can grow is always way better in my opinion that anything you have to get out of a lab.
3. Marijuana doesn’t have as many side effects.
Using marijuana may cause fatigue and hunger, but there are a ton of unwanted side effects that come with using opioids. People who use opioids often report itchiness, agitation, numbness, constipation, insomnia, etc.
4. Marijuana doesn’t have withdrawal symptoms.
If you stop using heroin or even hydrocodone after you’ve been using it for a while, you’re going to be seriously sick. Most patients who stop opioids have to attend a medically supervised detox. If you stop using marijuana after using it for a while, you may experience some psychological symptoms like agitation, but you won’t experience physical withdrawal.
5. Marijuana is not addictive.
There is some debate as to whether or not marijuana is addictive, but even those who think it’s addictive will only say it’s psychologically addictive. There is no debate, however, that opioids can be extremely addictive and dangerous. Sadly, fatal overdoses are all too common on opioids.
So there you go. 5 reasons marijuana is better than opioids. If you do have an opioid addiction, however, it’s important that you seek help right away.