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Marijuana Cures Heroin Addiction!

It does it for all opiates. Cannabis has brought relief to many, for centuries.

Photo by Bonnie King

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - FORWARD by Bonnie King, Publisher: We are republishing this article due to the urgency of the increasing heroin problem. Marijuana is better than opiates! Dr. Phil Leveque has known this to be true and has been sharing this information for over 50 years. Finally, another doctor, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, is standing tall and busting this wide open- with Dr. Leveque's help.

There is little doubt that Dr. Leveque's long term research and empirical data have been a benefit to Dr. Gupta as he climbed this mountain of discovery. We would like to officially thank both Dr. Leveque and Dr. Gupta for their fine work, a foundation for common sense, reality-based medical choices. The future will have many fewer "junkies", if these men have anything to say about it. Onward! The truth shall set us free.

I can already feel the first comment. What the hell is he talking about? Well, Okay. During the 1860’s Cannabis/Marijuana was used in the U.S. to get addicted people off alcohol, tobacco and opium, and it was very successful in doing so. Many Civil War veterans were addicted to all three of these.

About that time, Morphine and the hypodermic syringe were invented, which gave doctors real control of pain and brought about the concept that a physician’s first obligation to his patients was to control pain. It was far nicer and safer than opium or alcohol.

The chemists went to work on opium and synthesized many different compounds, several of which were found to be more powerful, and more addicting than Morphine, the original opiate. These more powerful drugs were Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Dilaudid, and Heroin, which is diacetyl morphine. Codeine, another opiate, was a much weaker opiate and its use has been minimal in the face of these much stronger opiates.

With heavy advertising and mouth-to-ear gossip, patients demanded the strong opiates. This brought on a real problem for physicians --- give the patients the strong opiates, or they will find another doctor who will.

These strong opiates are notorious for not only causing addictions but they can easily cause death from accidental overdose or suicides, which are in the thousands. So, Doctors will give you enough to turn you into an addict. 20 pills. Then they say no. But the patient is still in pain, so the patient changes doctors, and repeats the action. Soon they realize it is easier to get drugs on the street.

The state medical boards have jumped into this mess by ordering physicians to stop writing these strong opiate prescriptions.

What is a patient to do about this?

In states where it is legal, patients have switched to marijuana for severe pain and in Oregon, 90% of patients use marijuana for pain. Marijuana has been proven to not be addictive, though many say the lifestyle certainly is.

In states where marijuana is not legal as an option, they are either buying strong opiates on the black market or using Heroin. This is causing a tsunami of overdose deaths.

The New York Times had a story (7-19-2013) of an epidemic of Heroin deaths in New England. They said getting Heroin was cheaper than going to a doctor to get a prescription for the pain meds they are addicted to, or that they had simply been denied a legal prescription so they turned to the streets and found Heroin. Note: Heroin cannot be prescribed by doctors in the United States. It is only found on the black market.

In the state of Maine, which has the lowest population per capita in the nation, there are few doctors available in rural areas- but there are Heroin dealers a’plenty! It is a vicious cycle, to be sure.

There is presently a movement with the association of state medical boards to further restrict the use of the strong opiates. There are three possible scenarios about this:

  • More Heroin use and deaths. The evidence in the newspapers is that people are ignoring the severe hazards of Heroin;
  • Buying real or fake strong opiates; or hopefully,
  • Using marijuana for pain (whether it is legal or not).

Many Heroin and strong pain killer addicts have been put on Methadone which is just as addicting and deadly as Morphine. It has caused hundreds of deaths.

Choose Life: Choose Marijuana.


Using alcohol to replace pain meds is a common "solution" many turn to, legally, just
to find it is as destructive as any black market drug out there.
Jared Allaway marches to educate. 2013


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wwelvis August 10, 2013 11:55 am (Pacific time)

MY piss tests cost $1,800 each ,,that are forced on me so they can billl midacare,,,dammm right its a biggger story that needs 2 be looked into.at the end of 2013 ,,,,look at the money ,,and who,got paid,,,,,thank you 4 doing this story. its our tax dollors getting scamed,

mike August 7, 2013 9:47 am (Pacific time)

I can speak from experience it does work.

Anonymous July 29, 2013 9:07 pm (Pacific time)

Of course it helped. It replaced one addiction for another.

Seeking Justice July 29, 2013 9:42 am (Pacific time)

I have personal knowleddge and experience of this fact. Cannabis has been so very therapeutic and healing for me throughout my adult years.

Justin M July 29, 2013 2:16 am (Pacific time)

I wonder if the doctors, and writers speaking on the subjects have ever actually experimented with these substances themselves, or are just speaking out their "rear" and going by what other people say. I could never be a doctor, I would kill myself, I could never say something is this or that, without seeing for myself. Making myself into my own lab rat. Which I already have to an extent. I've tried all listed here, and a few more drugs, once I got off, I would go again and try a new treatment. Though he is correct, Marijuana is a godsend when aiding in pretty much any recovery of any kind I know of, not just substance abuse related. I have to say the addictions are different. I think it should be legal for doctors in those fields to experiment, and should, responsibly, in the pursuit of knowledge. Its sad, If I would have listened to doctors, I would have taken 2-12 months if not years to recover! They are so scandalous, since I was only experimenting, and would go cold turkey rather than get hooked on their drugs, from one to another, that I've heard is worse. I instead got those same drugs from the market, and with 3 days worth was drug free, pain free. A combination of either Suboxone or Methadone , and Marijuana, can cure even serious Heroin withdrawal within a week. Nobody I know that seriously wanted to quit suffered any pain, or withdrawal symptoms, and like myself was done in days. Though there is some mental addiction, because of course it felt good, and the mind will want that. But if you don't quit marijuana after the week, I'm sure that wouldn't be a problem. I personally, did not, I just did it to quit, and see how I felt. Also, can't speak for anything other than Opiods, as they are what is currently killing my generation, and my friends, they are what I am learning to combat effectivley, for a much smaller bill. Though that was a few years ago, my friends know it works, they don't need months of rehab because the doctor making money says so, there are better, healthier alternatives, you have to want to quit! But it makes me very happy to see that I will be living in the time when people will wake up, and realize that we own our bodies, and should be able to use what medicines we want. My aunt, has many problems with a lot of pain, can't work. She was on pretty strong opiates that made her feel groggy and down all the time. I told her to try getting off them for a few days, and try consuming cannabis, something she was no stranger to, but hadn't tried for pain. She now has no prescriptions for opiates, but her doctor had no problem approving a prescription for medical marijuana, and she says shes much happier. Though its expensive buying from dispensaries, and since I quit a long time ago, I had nothing, and had to start plants from seed! Thank the heavens Big Brother is there to protect me from giving my aunt too much medicine that she can't overdose on though right? ;) Long live the Enlightenment! "If people let the government decide what foods they eat and what medicines they take, their bodies will soon be in as sorry a state as are the souls of those who live under tyranny." Thomas Jefferson

claygooding July 28, 2013 8:22 am (Pacific time)

Cannabis has been used by mankind as medicine since before written history without regulation of age and not one mention of harm to society has been recorded until after the early 1930's but since then it has done everything from causing fits of violence and mayhem to causing loss of IQ,,there is only 75 years of danger reports from marijuana use and every one of them are from our government and it's agencies. Are you feeling played yet?

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