Cannabis vs Opioids Anecdote

More than a decade ago, my dear friend had a back injury that continues to cause severe pain on a daily basis.  When the accident happened, her doctor prescribed a narcotic painkiller.  She refused the prescription.   That is why she is not addicted to opioids.

Instead, she decided to use marijuana (also known as cannabis) for pain relief.

At the time she turned to marijuana for pain relief, it was not legal in her state.  Nonetheless, she was more willing to risk arrest than she was to risk addiction to a narcotic pain reliever.  Since then, the law in her state was changed by voters approving a medical marijuana law.

As a witness of her success, I wish everyone had the freedom to choose.  More than that, I wish we could get scientific data about the medicinal value of marijuana.  I applaud the efforts of lawmakers in the State of Utah to at least research the possibilities before making a decision either way.

As citizens, we have the right to objective, proven facts without being hindered by the religious concerns of someone else.  We would have those facts if marijuana was moved from the Schedule I list to Schedule II–this would enable research, and we need and deserve that research sooner rather than later.

The millions who are fortunate enough to live in a state where they have the freedom to use this drug instead of that drug are currently guinea pigs, guessing on how much THC or CBD (components of marijuana that have different effects) to use.  It would be nice to know the truth about the effectiveness of CBD as an anti-inflammatory–millions who are taking Prednisone for chronic conditions would be grateful to have an alternative with fewer and less serious side effects.

Published by Carma Chan

Carma is an American poet, photographer and author, who has published under her maiden name, Dillon, and now writes as Carma Chan to honor her Chinese stepdad. She has also published the Gramma Carmels Preschool Series of digital picture books. Born in 1958 in Los Angeles, she was raised with unconditional love by Ruth and John Chan of Utah from the age of six on and has dedicated her life to "Love, Joy, Peace & Jazzy Harmony." She shares Dr. King's dream. Besides the Saardu series, which is her way of coping with insanity and imagining "greater things than anyone ever taught me," she also writes about overcoming personal pain. For example, 10 Most Annoying Things People Say to NICU Parents (...when they're only trying to help!) "I'm not always serious," she adds, "Having a warped sense of humor is the best medicine! So my stuff is a bit whacked and layered."

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