The world today finds itself in a very crucial moment of social phenomena that demands much implication in public health. First, after a long period of restricting the use of cannabis, most of the countries today like Canada, USA, Ukraine and South Africa have legalize cannabis to be used for medicinal purposes and for recreational. We are in a crisis today that is involving increase rate of opioid addiction that has not only caused massive damage but also deaths to thousands of people.
It is with much concern that the medical officers backed by scientist in pharmaceutical industry have tirelessly worked towards providing suitable solution for this crisis. The interaction that is there between cannabis and opioid has been researched at all levels. The result of this exploration has brought about cannabis being outlined as a treatment that can be used to modulate the addictive nature caused by opioid. Although harder opioid found in drugs like fentanyl and heroin is under exploration to provide with a suitable substance to be applied.
However, the recent research shows that cannabis has some specific constituent that can be used not only to modulate the addiction but it can also possibly serve a one of the treatments for opioid dependence and also withdrawal.
Cannabis is well known to consist a specific constitute known as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) THC is considered to be found heavily in marijuana as the main psychoactive substance. In short THC is responsible in activating the brains thus it can reduce the addictive nature and capability of opioids. It regulates how the circulation of addictive chemical happens. It breaks up the circuit of the responsible opioids in its processing.
THC can produce dramatically effects in the brain and to be specific, in brain circuits that is responsible in linking opioid addiction. Nevertheless, we need to have an understanding of how this is facilitated. There is need of clinical testing of the degree of action of THC in the cannabis This will help to explore and find out the rewarding and dependence effects associated with opioids. It will be dangerous to apply a chemical that has not been proven right for consumption by the clinical agency. The use should take note of the side effects that may result in this. They avoid having much damage than the healing effect expected.
The main aim is to reverse the adaptation caused by addiction in the brain. The addiction caused during the cycle (in the brain) of opioid, to treat the dependence and withdrawal without forgetting the relapse. Therefore, THC found in cannabis stands as a suitable and effective application of treating opioid addiction.