Opioids vs. Cannabis – Medical Alert

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Opioid abuse is now the leading cause of accidental deaths among Americans, even more than  car deaths (#2) and gun deaths (#3).

We know that in states that legalized medical cannabis the opioid overdoses decreased by 25%.  In that same article, it discusses Jeff Session’s astonishment that the opioid crisis could be solved with medical cannabis because he mentioned that it’s ludicrous to think that trading one harmful and addictive drug for another that is only slightly less dangerous is not a good solution. He may not realize that it is physiologically impossible to fatally overdose on cannabis? That’s right, there is no physiological way that you can fatally overdose on weed.  Because cannabinoid receptors, unlike opioid receptors, are not located in the brainstem areas controlling respiration, lethal overdoses from Cannabis and cannabinoids do not occur.”

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Here are a few steps you can take to help the person feel more comfortable and to keep them safe.
  1. Stay with them. Use your judgment to see if they need someone with them the whole time, or just to check up on them.
  2. Find a safe place for them to hang out for the next hour or two. It’s important not to move too fast as they may be dizzy.
  3. Remind them they’re only feeling this way because of the weed.
  4. Keep them hydrated, especially if they’re throwing up.
  5. Don’t let them ingest any more marijuana, alcohol, or other drugs.
  6. Remember it will pass. A good trick is to look at the clock: they’ll probably feel at least a bit better in an hour.
  7. Seek medical attention. If things don’t improve or symptoms worsen, seek emergency medical attention. While overdosing on marijuana won’t result in death, it’s always better to get help from a medical professional, especially in severe cases.
29 states have legalized cannabis for medicinal purposes because people are looking for more natural medicines that don’t have as many devastating side effects as pharmaceuticals.  While we hope that doctors, nurses, pharmaceutical companies, and politicians develop more restrictions on how people access opioid pharmaceuticals, as individuals we need to be informed of the choices we make for ourselves and for our loved ones.

STASHLOGIX has made its mission to keep all hazardous substances (whether it’s cannabis, opioids, or even aspirin) safely stored.  We offer a wide array of products to suit each individual need. www.stashlogix.com  Be responsible, stash logically!  Don’t be this grandfather in Albuquerque, NM who accidentally left his cannabis-infused edibles laying around the house, which became a big problem when his 9 yr granddaughter brought them to school and passed them out to her friends thinking they were candy. 

Hopefully, in the coming years, the federal prohibition of medicinal cannabis will be removed so that double-blind studies can be conducted on cannabis so that herbal remedies can be used in lieu of pharmaceuticals.