Following the 2016 CDC Guideline publication, many practitioners abandoned prescription opioids for treating chronic noncancer pain. Many patients have felt abandoned as well, reporting higher levels of pain, heightened suffering, and no alternatives. Medicinal cannabis has been offered as an opioid alternative that is safe and effective… but is it? This presentation will discuss the evidence base for both opioids and cannabis for the relief of chronic pain.
Describe the consequences of the opioid crackdown
Identify some conditions to which opioids may respond