Dr. Christopher Prince is a Michigan based full licensed medical practitioner who has seen more atrocities in his 33 years of practice than most of us could even imagine. He has never seen a cannabis overdose, however.
In a recent interview, the Doctor said
In 33 years of practicing medicine, never has anyone come to the hospital suffering from an overdose where cannabis was the sole cause.
Dr. Prince also added that from his time working in the ER he has witnessed more patients requiring a liver transplant as a result of abusing or overdosing on Tylenol.
He is not the first fully licensed physician to report that contrary to popular belief, there are several over-the-counter medications that are considerably more dangerous than medical cannabis when it comes to pain relief.
Most people fail to realize that a lethal dose of cannabis would be so extraordinarily high, that it would be physically impossible for a human being to consume enough in a single sitting for it to be fatal.
The Michigan based Doctor went on to state,
Tylenol and aspirin, in my opinion, are two of the most lethal painkillers out there, because you can self-medicate, and there’s no prescription required. They work well, but you start dealing with the abuse potential.
In addition to the above, Prince also voiced his belief that physicians are at least partly to blame for the misconceptions surrounding medical cannabis as well as the opioid abuse epidemic that is sweeping (and crippling) the nation. If you compare the traditional painkillers that are prescribed to patients on a daily basis, they are far more addictive than cannabis could ever be, he added.
How Medical Cannabis Works
Once cannabis is ingested, the body will break it down in order to release the different cannabinoids like THC, CBD, CBG and so on. Prince explains that our bodies are home to an endocannabinoid system, which is there to help regulate functions in the body like memory, appetite, metabolism, stress responses, immune functions, female reproduction, the autonomic nervous system, analgesia, thermoregulation and sleep.
Unlike opioids, which stop pain being transmitted, cannabis actually has the capacity to decrease the amount of pain transmission, inhibiting its ability to send a pain message to the brain. Due to a lack of research in the field of marijuana’s benefits as a painkiller, the theory that it is highly effective is currently just hearsay, Prince admits.
From the experience Prince has gained in the medical field with cannabis, he does not agree that it is a gateway drug to harder substances. His belief is that harder drug use comes down to the person’s personality and if they have addictive tendencies.
With yet another medical professional coming forward to support the use of medical cannabis, it is becoming more apparent that cannabis will play a significant part in medical therapy after it has undergone more research. A future that many people around the world look forward to.