We get all sorts of news every day coming from so many government agencies we’ve never heard of that we pretty much tune it out. And, usually, when something from them sounds good, it’s usually just something spun in such a way as to hide the real story. But, this morning, I saw a headline on Yahoo! that the CDC is now recommending that doctors STOP testing patients for THC or marijuana.
That caught my attention!
I normally don’t bother to read any of the articles on any of these websites, but this one I just had to. And, I’m glad I did. As you may or may not know, doctors have been testing patients for marijuana use prior to prescribing painkillers to patients. The thought was that if a patient was “addicted” to marijuana, then, they’d be a likely candidate to misuse or become addicted to painkillers. And, so, anyone who tested positive for marijuana use was almost always denied any prescription for opioids.
But, in a huge reversal, the CDC has just announced that they are recommending doctors stop this activity. Rather, they are recognizing now that without being able to use marijuana to mitigate painful health conditions, patients are actually MORE LIKELY to become addicted to painkillers. It is this logic, they argue, that has supported the huge explosion in the prescription painkiller epidemic.
WOW, someone in a position of power is actually thinking that allowing marijuana use might be good for those people who are in pain?
The following is taken directly from the article which was published on Mashable with its headline bleeding over to Yahoo!:
Although the agency wrote that it still believes urine testing is necessary to discover any “undisclosed use” of illicit substances, it specifically states that this rule no longer applies to THC.
“Clinicians should not test for substances for which results would not affect patient management or for which implications for patient management are unclear,” reads the statement. “For example, experts noted that there might be uncertainty about the clinical implications of a positive urine drug test for tetrahydrocannabinols (THC).”
This is huge!
What the article went on to say that patients, if denied opiate painkillers by prescription, would most likely turn to opiate painkillers from illicit sources and be in an even worse situation than if the doctor had gone on to prescribe the painkillers.
I talk with a lot of people each week who suffer from fibromyalgia and many are very concerned about using CBD from Hemp due to the ever present, albeit miniscule amount of, THC. They fear being cut off from their doctor’s prescriptions if they turn in a test resulting in a positive for THC. Now, assuming doctors follow the recommendation of the CDC (Center for Disease Control), this fear and possibility go away and those suffering from chronic pain can work with some of these alternative treatments AND still be able to work with a doctor’s care.
I have to admit that with all the negative information we hear from the FDA as it pertains to Big Pharma and the control of CBD from Hemp, it was exceptionally nice to read this article this morning, offering a sincere amount of hope for so many of the people we work with day in and day out.