Cannabis has been found to be effective at treating chronic pain. The use of cannabis reduces opioid dependence and overdose deaths.
Patients have also reported cannabis to be just as or even more effective than opioids for pain relief. Cannabis can also lower opioid side effects, cravings, and the severity of withdrawal. Cannabis also increases the effectiveness of opioids allowing us to use lower doses and create less risk of overdose.
The MC program at the Pain Care Clinics (PCC) is focused on chronic pain management. We help patients learn how to use medical cannabis responsibly and safely, and our physicians guide and monitor cannabis prescriptions. Furthermore, our educational support staff help patients get access to medical cannabis from federally licensed sellers, register with Health Canada to produce their own small amounts of cannabis or designate someone to produce it for them, obtain medical cannabis from provincial or territorial retail outlets, or obtain cannabis from provincially authorized online sales outlets.
At PCC, we provide an evidence-based MC opioid reduction program (MCORP) and proper use of MC based on Canadian National Opioid Guidelines and Mental Wellness support.
A recent scientific review reported a 64% to 75% reduction in opioid dosage when used in combination with medical cannabis (MC) and a 32 % to 59.3% MC substitution for opioids among patients.
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