by Briona Haney
Yet, specialists have struggled to find a reliable treatment for those suffering the most.
“What we do here at HPRC is not only educate about the use of cannabis but also the lifestyle changes that you may need to make to improve your status whether that be pain, sleep, anxiety,” said HPRC General Manager Bryan Willkomm.
“So that’s why we employ a nurse on staff who also does wellness topics, weekly. To educate not only on the use of cannabis but how cannabis can be used in conjunction with other helpful lifestyle tools to improve your sense of well-being,” Willkomm added.
“Cannabis may help with the withdrawal symptoms of opioids, absolutely. Some of those might be nausea in particular. Nausea, antiemetic if people are throwing up as well. Cannabis could be used to address the side effects of withdrawals from other drugs,” Willkomm said.
“There are other things that will work for other people. They just won’t work for most people. Marijuana doesn’t work on the area of the brain that we’re looking at,” said Addiction Medicine Physician at Shasta Regional Medical Center Dr. Greg Greenberg.
Dr. Greenberg says while there have been a few studies on using cannabis as a cure, there is nothing definitive about its effectiveness.
“We promote evidence based treatment. So if you take people and you get them off of an opioid, and you go through counseling and things like that the success rates are maybe 10 percent in a month or two,” said Greenberg.
“There are some studies that show even lower amounts. We know on medication assisted therapy we’re looking at rates of 50, 60 percent in the same period of time. And so we know medication assisted therapy works,” Dr. Greenberg said.
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