Dr. Caroline MacCallum says she will keep yelling that cannabis oil for chronic pain is the solution to the opioid crisis until people finally get the message. She has treated more than 50 conditions successfully with cannabis and has seen how patients stop using opioids.
MacCallum assesses whether patients are eligible for Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations program as a complex pain and cannabinoid specialist. The Georgia Straight reports on the reasons why this doctor says Cannabis is good medicine.
Patients challenged pain specialist
MacCallum has worked at a number of pain clinics but was often discouraged by the limited results she got with patients. She realized the available drugs didn’t work for everyone or on every condition. Then, some of her patients challenged her to consider medical cannabis. At first, she was hesitant to explore the possibility – she wasn’t sure if the plant had any real medicinal value.
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Cannabis oil for chronic pain convinces doctor
MacCallum discovered that there was a huge amount of information on cannabis. She decided it was something she would like to investigate closely. As a doctor, she was desperate to find solutions for her patients, so she became an expert.
Today, Dr. MacCallum is collaborating with a number of hospital groups. She wants to help them to create policies that will allow patients to use cannabis oil while they are in hospital. It’s only one of the projects she’s tackling as she works to help medical professionals change their minds about the value of cannabis medicine.
Licensed products help doctor to choose the right treatment
There are licensed cannabis products in Canada (LPs). Dr. McCallum says her pharmaceutical background and the condition of the patient helps her to determine the best option.
She says she must give attention to water quality, and she needs to be sure heavy metals aren’t present. The amounts of THC and CBD are important, and she wants to know whether the cannabis is organically grown with no pesticides.
CBD works too
MacCallum prescribes cannabis oil to patients suffering from fibromyalgia, arthritis, migraines, leukemia, soft-tissue injuries, multiple sclerosis, HIV, concussions, lupus, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain.
She doesn’t just treat pain, as patients often have to deal with clusters of symptoms that could include anxiety, nausea, depression, or insomnia before the pain developed. She prefers oil and doesn’t recommend combustibles that people must inhale.
MacCallum often chooses CBD-rich oils and says THC is not the only cannabinoid with medicinal benefits. CBD strains often treat the cluster symptoms very effectively without the euphoric effect caused by THC. Some patients don’t enjoy the effects of THC at all.
Coming off opioids
MacCallum says she can help patients wean themselves off opioid painkillers. Not only does cannabis oil for chronic pain work well, but it also helps patients to cope with opioid withdrawal symptoms. Her patients say they feel more mentally alert and are happy to be rid of opioid side-effects like constipation.
As a doctor, MacCallum has discovered a much more effective way to treat chronic pain. But many physicians still don’t see cannabis as a legitimate medicine. She’s doing what she can to change this state of affairs because she sees cannabis as the solution to the growing opioid addiction crisis.