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OPINIONS: Is marijuana a safe alternative to opiates? We need more research

By David M. Cunic
Physical therapist and CEO of Pazoo, Inc.

As a physical therapist who still treats patients, I have been asked many times “is marijuana a safe alternative to opiates?”


The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially declared the prescription drug abuse in the U.S.A. as an epidemic.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) stated in 2014 opioid addiction is a driving epidemic with over 18,000 overdoses deaths related to prescription painkillers and over 10,000 deaths related to heroin.

The ASAM continued to report that in 2012 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which would mean every adult would have their own bottle of pills.

The numbers are there, but let’s look for the research studies to truly see if marijuana actually helps with the treatment of opiate and narcotic addiction. A lot of people takes marijuana for recreation, although that can be a problem if you are trying to find a job, a good way to pass the urine test is to use fake pee, for more information visit this article can labs detect synthetic urine.

And that is where the problem is: There isn’t enough clinical research to truly see if it helps. Why? Because marijuana is a schedule I drug; which inhibits many organizations to perform the proper research to see what potential medical benefits marijuana has.

It’s time to rip off the Band-Aid and begin to use marijuana for medical purposes. As recently reported in the Journal of Pain, the study argued that there are a number of scientific proof that supports the notion that chronic pain sufferers can reduce the use and need of opioid use through medical cannabis.

As medical professionals and providers, it is our responsibility to empower our community with advance scientific knowledge by making relevant information available to patient/ public, especially if there is a better solution available.

As more studies begin to come to the surface, we all need to take a step back and start to evaluate further the benefits of the cannabis plant to fully understand and take advantage of the plant’s powerful healing abilities.

David M. Cunic, PT is the chief executive officer and driving force behind Pazoo, Inc (PZOO) – a unique organization whose commitment to health, wellness and safety includes best-in-class laboratory testing of medical cannabis and cannabinoids. To learn more about cannabis testing, please visit

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