Medical Cannabis vs Opioids for Chronic Pain

We have a major drug problem in Canada, United States, Philippines and other countries. What may be surprising to some is that most dangerous and lethal drugs are the ones you can get a prescription for chronic pain. You may even have some of these deadly drugs in your medicine cabinet contributing to opioid crisis with opioids addiction that results in thousands of death and addiction from opioids use.

The infographic below shows that cannabis is a viable alternative to opioids for chronic pain.


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NOTE by Ricardo B. Serrano, R.Ac.: As a master herbalist/ certified cannabis specialist, I find that cannabis (Mafen) is an indispensable herbal medicine in my TCM practice for treating pain, inflammation, anxiety, PTSD, depression, drug addiction and chronic immune dysfunction syndromes.




As a Medical Cannabis Specialist, Ricardo B Serrano, R.Ac. is certified to prescribe medical cannabis in B.C., Canada, please download the Forms below:

DISCLAIMER: The educational information in the website is for references only. Please consult your licensed physicians. The author will not be liable for the use of the information especially in the use of cannabis or herbs in this website. The information provided is for educational purposes which are detailed instructively in Ricardo's natural alternative healing seven books.



In 2004, however, Dr. Ethan Russo proposed the idea of clinical endocannabinoid deficiency (CECD) in a study published in Neuro endocrinology letters. He suggested that deficient cannabinoid levels may be the underlying cause of numerous conditions alleviated by cannabis. Symptoms of CECD are pain, inflammation, digestive issues and anxiety and/or depression. A lifestyle of unhealthy diet, infrequent exercise, poor sleep, and lack of stress management contributes to endocannabinoid deficiency. Holistic treatment success is often attributed to activation and balancing of the body's cannabinoid receptors through cannabis, acupuncture and Qigong.

- Excerpts from Endocannabinoid Deficiency and Guo Lin Qigong, page 112, The Cure & Cause of Cancer


Cannabis is a non-toxic herbal medicine without side-effects and is the best alternative to prescription drugs for alleviating pain, inflammation, anxiety, depression, etc.

Cannabis has a long history in TCM. Cannabis is one of the 50 "fundamental" herbs of TCM, and is prescribed to treat diverse symptoms. Cannabis, called má, means "hemp; Cannabis; numbness" in Chinese, and was used by the Emperor Shen Nung, who was a pharmacologist.

- Excerpts from Medical Qigong, page 113, The Cure & Cause of Cancer

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Dr Grinspoon on cannabis

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