How medical cannabis could reduce pain | Matt Chalmers | TEDxUCincinnati
There is a Plague that is killing tens of thousands of people in America each year is leaving us with millions of decimated families who are having to deal with this problem on a daily basis.
The crisis I'm talking about is the Opioid Epidemic and also referred to as the Prescription Pain Medication Crisis. It is getting worse and worse every day and so we are dealing with this in the worst possible way. So I fully understand the scope of this and understand what's really going on. I want to share with you some Statistics from the Center for Disease Control or the CDC.
In 2018, we had 2 million people clinically addicted to opioids in the United States. However, because there are very few clinically or socially acceptable alternatives that number went from 2 million in 2018 to 3 million in 2022. I'll do the math for you that's 21,000 people added to the addicted list each month, every month for four years.
Dr. Matt Chalmers If you think that our Death numbers are even worse. In 2019, we lost 50,000 people to Opioid Overdose, and in 2020 we lost 70,000 people to
opioid overdose that's a 140% increase in one year.
I have been studying this plague and researching how we can turn this plague into simply a memory. It was truly an honor to be on the TEDx stage talking about the epidemic, and more importantly, bringing solutions to the forefront.
Check out the full talk from the TEDxUCincinnati YouTube Channel
Also, please take a look at my other 6 articles on this topic in the last several months below.
This article is the sixth article in the series where I address the medical benefits of cannabis and its potential to make a difference in the opioid crisis. When I started my research, I was not prepared for the potential impact on the opioid crisis.
This article is the 5th in a series that I am writing on the benefits of cannabis for pain relief. While researching and preparing for my Ted Talk several weeks ago, it is truly unique how valuable cannabis could be in replacing opioids for many patients’ pain therapy.
To say I was happy about the pain modulation effect of the delta 8 strips would have been a big understatement. However, what it has been able to do from a psychological standpoint has been amazing.
When Nate brought the cannabis idea up, I asked him why he was so interested in it. He said it for many reasons, but mostly because of how much it has helped him and the other guys in the NFL.
I asked him how it had helped them, and he said we could either smoke cannabis or take opioids, which are scary and bad for you. He said, “but when you’re in the NFL, everything always hurts, and the cannabis helps.” He said I’m also a lot calmer and more relaxed. I like the person I am on cannabis better than I like when I’m not.
Cannabis has been around for longer than the US has been a country. And since about the 60s has been looked at very poorly in America.
The point is that this plant has been made illegal, and millions of people have been imprisoned for even the smallest amounts of it. Our ever-loving government put out even an extensive commercial advertising campaign to teach us how horrible this plant is.
It’s funny looking back at some of the things I have written about cannabis and being in my current position. I remember thinking that maybe someday people will use this for pain.
It’s odd sitting here knowing that that day is today. We were able to get the most widely legal form of cannabis that would work for pain and anxiety out onto the market. Soon people will have options other than opioids and anxiety meds.