High Hopes Kicks Opioid Addiction Using Cannabis — High Hopes Believes That Cannabis Might be a Solution to the Opioid Addiction Crisis
Based in Vancouver’s East End, the clinic is providing opioid addicts with free or low-cost marijuana and cannabis-based products.
The clinic has reported that their approach to assisting in the reduction of illicit drug addiction is working.
The organizers reported that 50 percent of the individuals that joined the program are taking fewer addictive drugs and 25 percent are no longer using opioids.
Preliminary research from the University of British Columbia suggests that the daily use of marijuana would reduce the risk of opioid overdose.
UBC research scientist, Dr. M-J Milloy, has completed research that proves that opioid addicts that use cannabis daily are less likely to have a drugs overdose.
“So this seems to indicate cannabis might be almost a sort of ad hoc harm reduction strategy by people who are trying to control or change their use of other drugs.”
High Hopes also offers Cannabidiol (CBD) oil, which does not contain Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the ingredient in cannabis that makes a person high.
The Founder’s Mission
After witnessing the volume of drug addicts who were searching for assistance, Sarah Blyth, the coordinator of High Hopes opened the clinic.
The clinic’s program began collecting cannabis donations from patients with licenses from Health Canada and local dispensaries that have yet to be legalized.
She explained that waiting for marijuana legalization on October 17 was not an option, these people need help now.
“It gives them a way to have an alternative to the drugs that they’re getting on the street. It’s safe, it can reduce pain.”
“What we are doing is not fully legal, but we see it helps and we are desperate to help people. Watching people die isn’t OK.”
Recovering Addicts On Board With Treating Opioid Addiction Using Cannabis
Recovering addict, Melanie Pratt praises marijuana for her return to health, after receiving treatment from the hospital for her crystal meth addiction.
Pratt, who volunteers at High Hopes, explained that smoking marijuana helps her eat, sleep and find peace.
“If you’re not withdrawing or feeling any pain, then you feel good. And I just think it’s a lot less harmful than other drugs.”
Researchers like Miljoy believe that although more study into the matter is needed, the results already appear positive.