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Saturday February 27th

Research And Development


Growing research indicates that medical marijuana may be an option for solving the nation's opioid crisis.

'A softer landing': Cannabis offers potential solution for opioid crisis

The U.S. opioid crisis has activists, doctors and lawmakers grappling for a solution that is affordable, accessible and, above all, effective. That's why a group of researchers and experts from UNC and across the country are considering what may seem like an unlikely treatment: marijuana.  At a time when marijuana is reaching broader swaths of legality, health care providers may start to see cannabis as a legitimate treatment option. However, it's still a drug, and one that doesn't have full clearance by the FDA.  But if it helps saves lives, does marijuana have a place in treating opioid abuse?

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