Vireo Releases Protocol Aimed at Replacing Opioids with Medical Cannabis
This first-of-its-kind draft protocol is being called FREDOM (Flexible Reduction and Expedited Discontinuation of Opioid Medications) and has been developed to offer a potential path for physicians to help patients struggling with chronic or intractable pain replace opioids with medical cannabis. The protocol has been published in draft form as a ‘working paper’ in order to elicit feedback from the largest possible number of physicians and researchers.
There is ample reason to believe that opioids could be replaced, in part, by cannabis. A February 2016 paper published in the Clinical Journal of Pain: The Effect of Medicinal Cannabis on Pain and Quality of Life Outcomes in Chronic Pain, showed a 44% reduction in opioid use in chronic pain patients taking medical cannabis.