Cannabis replacing opioid medications benefit seniors: Lets face it, millions of people are experimenting with marijuana for recreational and medical use in the United States. Since many states have legalized marijuana for both medical and recreational use, the number of cannabis users has dramatically increased over the past years. But, the real question here is, can medical marijuana help treat chronic pain and replace dangerous opioid drugs and prescription pain killers?

Research has shown through recent studies that opioid drugs, prescription pain killers, and opioid overdose deaths have been on the decline in states that have legalized medical marijuana. Back in 2012, the University of Colorado Hospital's Spine Center (Before Colorado legalized marijuana), conducted a study on patients that were self medicating with cannabis. Over 75% of the patient study said that marijuana provided as much or more pain relief for chronic back and neck pain as their opioid pain drugs without the pain killer side affects.

Keep in mind, "when you are prescribed opioids, you are prescribed heroin." Opioids are a class of drug that include herion, or its synthetic partner fentanyl. There are many pain relievers by prescription such as OxyCotin, Vicodin, morphine, and Codeine being the most popular. Side effects of these opioids include: Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, itchiness, dizziness, respiratory depression, euphoria, constipation, loss of appetite, and sedation. (Opioids can cause liver failure and kidney damage). Continuous use of opioids lead to addiction, withdrawal syndrome, and/or death.

If you are taking opioids, or another pain medication prescribed by your doctor, ask about other alternatives that may be beneficial for your conditions. Medical cannabis is helping many seniors across the country get off their pain killer medications. Seniors are living a more comfortable and productive lifestyle with the use of cannabis, with the benefit of getting off their opioid medications as well as other prescribed drugs. Kick the opioid use and get back to mother natures way of medicating and healing. Below are the top ten marijuana strains to relieve opiate withdrawal.

Northern Lights: (THC: 16%-21%), This is an old school pure indica strain that became very popular. Flavors: Earthy, pine, sweet.

Critical Kush:
(THC: 19%-22%, CBD: 5%), Indica dominant hybrid with a good THC to CBD ratio. Flavors: Earthy, sweet, woody.

Platinum Cookies:
(THC: 28%, CBD: 1%, CBN: 1%), Indica dominant hybrid with sativa traits makes this a strong strain available for medical patients. Flavors: Earthy, sweet, pungent.

Wild Cherry:
(THC: 18%-22%), Sativa dominant hybrid with uplifting cerebral experience with a good mind body balance. Flavors: Berry, Cherry, Sweet, Earthy.

Chem Berry: (THC: 16%-22%), This is a 50-50 sativa/indica hybrid with relaxing and calming effects.
Flavors: Lavender.

Blue Dream:
(THC: 17%-24%, CBD: 2%, CBN: 1%), Sativa dominant hybrid strain with uplifting cerebral affects. Flavors: Blueberry, berry, sweet.

God Bud: (THC14%-22%), A 50-50 sativa/indica hybrid with uplifting and energetic effects.
Flavors: Chocolate, pine, skunky, sweet.

Area 51: (THC: 20%-23%), Another 50-50 sativa/indica hybrid with powerful uplifting effects that leave you pain-free and feeling good.
Flavors: Citrus, lemon, pine, sweet.

Green Dragon: (THC: 17%-19%), A pure indica strain with a well balanced flavor and high.
Flavors: Candy, mint, pine, sweet, woody. 

Hindu Kush: (THC: 22%, CBD: 0.50%, CBG: 0.32%, CBC: 0.19%), Pure indica for a relaxing euphoric effect.
Flavors: Herbal, lemon, spicy, sweet.


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