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Weed could be a valuable weapon in the fight against Canada’s opioid epidemic

By Jessica Vomiero – Global News

In 2017, Canada broke a national record for the number of apparent opioid deaths, with those occurring between January and September surpassing the number of deaths from all of 2016.

For almost 10 years, there have been a smattering of studies published examining the potential for cannabis to be used in the fight against the growing North American opioid crisis, given its aptitude for chronic pain relief. The legalization of weed in Canada this coming summer has thrust this debate back into the spotlight.n 2017, Canada broke a national record for the number of apparent opioid deaths, with those occurring between January and September surpassing the number of deaths from all of 2016.

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