Public forum on using marijuana as alternative to opioids to be held at SDSU
A public forum will be held on May 5th at San Diego State University to explore whether marijuana can be used as a safe and effective alternative to opioids, a class of drugs that includes both prescription painkillers and narcotics like heroin.
Opioids are among the most commonly abused drugs in the US. They caused or contributed to the death of 42,000 people nationwide in 2016.
The forum will partly focus on cannabinoids, or CBDs, which are natural compounds in marijuana that do not make people high but can alleviate pain and inflammation in many people.
The National Academy of Sciences says that comparatively little is known about the short and long-term health benefits and effects of cannabis. But scientists and physicians are pushing for more research, particularly with CBDs.
The scientists include Dr. Mark Wallace, a well-known pain expert at UC San Diego. Wallace will speak at the SDSU forum, along with Dr. Mitzi MacKenzie, an adolescent and family therapist who specializes in opiate addiction, and Dr. Sherry Yafai, a physician who practices at the Releaf Institute, a pain relief center based in Los Angeles.
The May 5th event will be held at SDSU’s Montezuma Hall from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m