What Can Cannabis Do About Pain and Opiate Addiction?

What Can Cannabis Do About Pain and Opiate Addiction?

What cannabis can or can’t do is up for much discussion and debate. There is plenty of room for further research and scientific study, absolutely. However, based on what has been observed so far, it’s not far-fetched to suggest that perhaps cannabis could offer some solutions regarding this opioid/methadone/fentanyl addiction and overdose catastrophe occurring all over North America. Especially prevalent here at home, in Vancouver Canada.

Why are people developing this potentially fatal addiction?

If you are not getting your opiates from streets then you are getting them from your doctor. Doctors prescribe opiates to treat severe or chronic pain. But the prescription of opiates to treat non-cancer pain is met with much controversy. 

According to the CDC, limiting the use of opiate to the duration of the pain is crucial to reduce the risk of addiction. They recommend that the duration of treatment should not exceed 3-7 days as, even at low doses, taking an opiate for more than 3 months can make you 15 times more likely to become addicted. 

However, it becomes tricky when dealing with chronic pain since chronic pain is defined as pain that is present for 3 months or longer. This means anyone prescribed opiates for chronic pain is automatically put into a higher risk of developing and addiction as they will likely require treatment for longer than a week. It is no wonder we are facing an opiate crisis. Patients seeking treatment for their conditions are being set up to lose when they are  prescribed medication that will ultimately end in addiction, or potentially, an accidental overdose.

Addiction, withdrawal, and Methadone replacement

What happens when someone tries to quit or reduce their use of painkillers? They are hit in the face with a slew of gruesome withdrawal symptoms. Many turn to Methadone as a means of combatting withdrawal. Methadone is not a solution to anything. It is still highly addictive and can cause its own variety of harmful side effects such as insomnia, paranoia, increased symptoms of mental health disorders, seizures, vomiting, addiction, and the list goes on.

What can cannabis do about pain and addiction?
  1. Prevention:

In 2010, when only 13 states in the US had legalized cannabis, studies found there was an average  decrease of 25% in the rate of painkiller related overdose deaths. Most cases of fatal overdoses occur among patients with legitimate prescriptions for their medication. However, when cannabis is widely available patients tend to make use of it for its ability to relieve several kinds of pain. This results in them reducing their use of prescription painkillers, making the chances of a fatal overdose less likely. We can prevent further opiate related deaths by increasing the availability of cannabis to those treating their pain with prescription opiates. 

  1. Reduction:

Patients addicted to opiates often turn to Methadone to ease their withdrawal symptoms. While it is very effective at relieving symptoms of withdrawal and keeping addicts off hard opiates like heroin, Methadone poses many risks and complications of it own. It is just as addictive as many prescription painkillers, if not more so. Still, there is hope. Studies are starting to show that cannabis can aide in the reduction of daily Methadone intake. One study done in Vancouver (organized by CannaReps own Adolfo Gonzalez) resulted in 36% of participants significantly reducing their daily Methadone consumption from over 100mg per day, down to 20mg. The participants ingested cannabis in the form of standardized THC capsules of 40mg. Studies like this are crucial to combating the opiate epidemic.

  1. Education:

Not only can cannabis help reduce Methadone intake, studies show it also possesses a legitimate capacity to treat pain. These studies begin to uncover the potential healing and therapeutic benefits of cannabis and how it can be used to remedy the opiate epidemic taking place today. Further research is necessary, but with that comes the need to educate. From the scientific community, to the dispensary industry, to the end user- it is critical that we continue to educate the public, and ourselves, on the medicinal properties and application of cannabis. We developed the Cann Help Deck and the CannaReps Workshops after working directly with dispensaries and patients for over a decade. Based on what we have seen and the anecdotal evidence we have accumulated, both pain and opiate addiction can be treated with cannabis in many different ways. The condition card for opiate addiction in the Cann Help Deck indicates that 1:1 tinctures, capsules, THC tears, or various methods of inhalation can be useful for treating opiate or drug dependence. The deck also includes a condition card for pain which indicate various edibles, inhalation methods, or use of topicals as effective methods of treatment and relief.

The Cann Help Deck is a useful and informative tool for anyone working in the dispensary/cannabis industry, or for those who suffer from a condition responsive to cannabis based treatment. CannaReps works diligently to share the data we have accumulated for over a decade of working with patients and dispensaries across the country.

More information about the Cann Help Deck can be found here. Be sure to check out our workshop program for an opportunity to learn even more about the plant and what it can do for people.


Welcome to CannaReps!
Please read and submit the following Waiver & Release to continue your enrolment confirmation.

WAIVER & RELEASE (the “Release”)

This event is conducted by CannaReps Consulting Ltd. (“CannaReps or Company”). Please read and submit below.

I am an attendee at an event hosted by CannaReps (the “Workshop“). I release CannaReps from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions and causes of action whatsoever arising out of or related to any loss, damage or injury, including death, that may be sustained by me while participating in the Workshop.

I understand and agree that:

  • Any cannabis or cannabis products that I bring to the Workshop is from my personal supply and was lawfully purchased.
  • I will not possess in excess of thirty (30) grams of cannabis, unless I am lawfully permitted to possess more under the applicable regulations. If I am in possession of medical cannabis, I will not share my medical cannabis.
  • I will not distribute, sell, display, consume, or lose custody of the cannabis or cannabis products that I bring to the Workshop and will adhere to all applicable laws, and regulations.
  • Any promotional material I bring to the Workshop is in accordance with the applicable laws, and regulations. I will include the promotion of the safe consumption of cannabis.
  • CannaReps reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to eject, disqualify, or remove any exhibition or person for the contravention of any applicable laws and regulations.
  • The use of cannabis or cannabis products may impair your judgment, ability to react. By law, you should not drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence. Please read the statutory rules and regulations surrounding cannabis in your jurisdiction for clarification.
  • Any advice or recommendations given by CannaReps is for informational and educational purposes only and CannaReps does not warrant or guarantee the completeness or correctness or the information provided.
  • I freely and voluntarily accept and fully assume all such risks, dangers, and hazards associated with attending the Workshop.
  • I certify that I am over the age of 19. This Release shall be effective and binding upon my heirs, next of kin, executors, administrators, assigns and representatives in the event of my death or incapacity.


Any confidential or proprietary information or material relating to the Company’s operations or business which I obtain from the Company or its officers, employees, agents, suppliers or customers or otherwise by virtue of my participation with the Company or by the Company’s predecessor. Confidential or proprietary information or material includes, without limitation, the following types of information or material, both existing and contemplated, regarding the Company or its parent, affiliated or subsidiary companies: corporate information, including contractual licensing arrangements, plans, strategies, tactic, policies, resolutions, patents, trademarks, printed or digitized materials, handouts and brochures. Including any marketing information including sales, investment and product plans, customer lists, strategies, methods, customers, prospects and market research data. Including trade secrets; technical information, including drawings, designs, personal information (the “Confidential Information”).

I understand that the copyright and proprietary interest of any material provided to me belongs to CannaReps. All shared experiences from the Workshop are to remain confidential and private. I agree not to disclose any of the information learned during the Workshop outside of the Workshop except with others who attend the Workshop. I will not use any audio or video recording equipment during the Workshop, unless CannaReps approves of the recording and filming by providing prior written consent. I understand that any audio or video recording made during the Workshop is the property of CannaReps. I will not use CannaReps’ information for business or commercial purposes, without first obtaining the prior written consent of CannaReps.


I understand, acknowledge and agree that all copyright, trademarks, trade secrets, intellectual property rights, and any other rights arising from any designs, and all of the work products and materials conceived, developed or created by the CannaReps and any rights ancillary thereto (collectively, “Intellectual Property Rights”) which were solely or jointly with others, conceives, designs, creates, derives, develops or makes in the course of or in connection with the work with CannaReps shall belong solely to CannaReps. If you haven’t already, you shall promptly disclose to CannaReps in writing any and all Intellectual Property Rights, conceived, created, derived, developed or made in the course of or otherwise in connection with my participation with CannaReps, whether alone or with others, and whether during work shop hours or through the use of facilities and properties of CannaReps.


I agrees to indemnify and hold harmless CannaReps, its officers and directors, employees and its affiliates and their respective successors and assigns and each other person, if any, who controls any thereof, against any loss, liability, claim, damage and expense whatsoever (including, but not limited to, any and all expenses whatsoever reasonably incurred in investigating, preparing or defending against any litigation commenced or threatened or any claim whatsoever) arising out of or based upon any false representation or warranty or breach or failure by me to comply with any covenant or agreement made by me herein or in any other document furnished by me to any of the foregoing in connection with this transaction.


Notwithstanding the immediately preceding paragraph, I consent to and grant CannaReps, the Workshop, and its assignees, the right to photograph and record me, my name, voice, appearance and likeness and other material furnished by me for use on trusted online media which include, but are not limited to, their website and social media pages. My hereby release said matter in perpetuity to CannaReps without prejudice and acknowledge that this consent is freely given without expecting compensation.

By submitting my email address below, I agree to receive electronic communication from CannaReps including personal course information, news, updates and promotions regarding CannaReps’ products. I understand that I can withdraw my consent at any time.


Protecting your privacy is important to CannaReps. This Privacy Policy (“Privacy Policy”) set outs the ways in which we use your information and how we ensure its protection.

CannaReps will only collect personal information (“Information”) that will allow us to provide, enhance, market or improve our events and services. Information is collected by means of registration for any CannaReps sponsored event or service. Information collected may include name, age, gender, address, email address, payment information, and geographical information.

CannaReps may share Information. CannaReps retains the right to share Information and other statistics with our partners, prospective advertisers, and other third parties for the purposes of improving, protecting, enhancing, and promoting our events and services. CannaReps may also disclose information to our affiliates, agents, contractors, and service providers in order to facilitate the functioning and maintenance of our events and services. We will not sell any information to advertisers or other third parties.

This Privacy Policy only covers the treatment of Information and other non-identifiable information gathered by CannaReps. This Privacy Policy does not apply to the practices of any third-party services. CannaReps does not take responsibility for the content or privacy policies of any third parties. CannaReps recommends that you review the privacy policies of any third-party service providers or events you access, use, or register for through our events or services.

This Privacy Policy has been established to help you understand our commitment to protecting your privacy. CannaReps reserves the right, at any time, to change or replace any portion of our Privacy Policy. You will be notified of any changes, if we believe, they materially impact your experience at our events or services. Continued use of our services after any change to the Private Policy constitutes an acceptance of those changes.

By submitting this Release and providing Information during the registration process, including the Exhibitor’s Agreement, you consent to the collection and use of your Information for these purposes.

If you have any questions or concerns please email us at info@cannareps.ca.