Chronic Pain Patients Have It Hard Enough #donttaxmedicine
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1 in 5 Canadians live with chronic pain related disabilities and the Government of Canada under the Cannabis Act (Bill C45) intends to tax Medical Cannabis implying that chronic pain patients may be using the medicine recreationally.
Chronic pain – pain that lasts for more than 3 months - is a serious issue in Canada that effects the social and economic health of our society as well as the quality of life of the person living in pain. This results in costs up to 53-billion-dollars per year, a huge loss of productivity in the workplace – twenty-five-percent of people living with chronic pain are aged eighteen-to-thirty-four – and doubles the risk of suicide for those effected. Pain accounts for seventy-eight-percent of emergency room visits with substantial costs incurred by patients through medications and treatments not covered by extended health insurance. The most common treatment for chronic-pain involves the use of opioids – Percocet, Fentanyl, etc – but the rise in drug-related deaths has become a growing issue. Government intervention is making access to these treatment options much more difficult. One form of therapy patients can turn to is the use of Medical Cannabis either in combination with or as an alternative to opioids. However, systematic barriers due to access to poor public education and awareness on the topic and an inadequate number of prescribing physicians available leave patients without much needed help.
About Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed – Founder of The Health Boutique
Dr. Sana-Ara Ahmed is a Canadian trained Medical Doctor and Specialist in Anesthesiology, Interventional Chronic Pain Medicine and Cosmetic Medicine Rejuvenation. Dr. Ahmed is an expert in using Medical Cannabis for chronic pain management and takes a holistic approach to chronic-pain-management. She is an established CME educator for physicians and health professionals regarding Medical Cannabis use. A recent video of Dr. Ahmed speaking at the “Cannabis Legalization in Canada: Implications for Public Health in Alberta” for the O’Brien Institute for Public Health can be viewed at the end of this release. Dr. Ahmed intends to create a better system for education physicians on the use of Medical Cannabis as well remove the stigma often associated around it.
Did you know? – Common Misconceptions on Medical Cannabis
Myth: Cannabis is as addictive as heroin.
Fact: A lifetime of cannabis use carries a low risk of dependence (nine-percent) while the risk of dependence is very low among those who use for one year (two-percent) and even ten years (five-point-nine-percent). This is significantly lower than the estimated lifetime risk of dependence to heroin (twenty-three-point-one-percent).
Myth: Marijuana is a gateway drug.
Fact: Scientific evidence to date does not support the claim that cannabis use leads to the use of “harder” drugs, however, Alcohol has been shown to be a more prevalent gateway drug and is much more lethal than Medical Cannabis.
Myth: Cannabis use impairs cognitive function
Fact: The relationship between cannabis use and various psychological harms does not support the cause and effect claim. However, evidence suggests cannabis use (especially among youth) likely impacts cognitive function, the evidence remains inconsistent regarding severity, persistence and reversibility of the effects. The effect of cannabidiol (CBD) is now being studied extensively in determining the neuroprotective benefits and mitigation of psychoactive effects of delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC).
Myth: Cannabis causes lethal damage to the heart and arteries
Fact: There is little evidence that shows cannabis causes lethal damage to the heart or arteries, nor is there any clear evidence linking cannabis use and cancer.
Myth: Legalization/Regulation increases the availability of cannabis
Fact: Evidence suggests that the supply of illegal cannabis has increased under a prohibition model, and has remained highly available among youth. Evidence does not show that cannabis availability among youth has increased under any regulatory system.
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