The past few years have seen a rise in the use of opioids as pain killers, but these medicines are highly addictive. Medical cannabis expert and neurologist, Professor Mike Barnes, discusses whether cannabis can provide a positive alternative.
A study from Manchester University demonstrated that prescriptions for the addictive opioid codeine jumped by a factor of five between 2006 and 2017, and that one in seven of all new opioid users became long-term users within the first year.
Medical cannabis expert and neurologist, Professor Mike Barnes of Maple Tree Consultancy, spoke to Medical Cannabis Network editor Stephanie Price to highlight how the UK could benefit from the use of cannabis as a painkiller rather than the addictive opioid pain killers widely prescribed by clinicians today.
The dangers of opioids
Concerns have been raised in recent years that the UK could be following the path of…