Many cannabis companies are now making cannabis capsules that can be taken just like any other pill. This type of medical cannabis could start replacing pharmaceutical pills.
We’re at an interesting point in the ongoing history of medical marijuana.
As of now, it’s been legalized in 23 states and Washington, D.C. But there are still many places that are strongly opposed to the idea of using cannabis for medical purposes.
Without access to medical marijuana, many patients are forced to rely on the medicine their doctors prescribe.
But now, a growing number of people are beginning to question the safety of these pharmaceutical pills.
In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just issued official guidelines for the use of opiate painkillers.
“We know of no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently,” said CDC director Thomas Frieden.
“We hope to see fewer deaths from opiates. That’s the bottom line. These are really dangerous medications that carry the risk of addiction and death.”
The new guidelines urge doctors to limit how often they prescribe opiates to patients. In the rare cases when doctors still think opiates are a good idea, the guidelines say they should use only the smallest possible dosage.
In the face of these growing concerns, many see cannabis-based medicine as a possible alternative.
Are Cannabis Capsules The Future Of Medicine?
There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that these cannabis capsules could be used to treat a number of health conditions.
One study found that cannabis capsules could help patients who have multiple sclerosis. Researchers said that cannabis helped these patients treat muscle stiffness, spasms, pain, and insomnia.
There is also promising evidence that marijuana capsules could be effective alternatives to commonly used medicine like Vicodin, Xanax, Adderall, Ambien, Zoloft, and more.
Last year, a cannabis company based in Colorado developed a cannabis capsule that gives patients a slow release of THC and CBD.
The company says the extended release of cannabinoids gives patients long-lasting doses of medicine.
And earlier this year, another cannabis company released a capsule called Foria Relief. This one is designed to help women treat menstrual pains and cramps.