Cannabis To Reduce or Discontinue Opiates w/ Gregory L. Smith, MD, MPH

1:09:41
Nobody likes the side-effects from opiates, and even worse, they usually stop working well over time. Yet in a world where people are suffering from so much physical pain, what are your other options?
The answer is all-natural cannabis, and this Harvard trained MD will share the research, science, and stories behind how it works as a replacement or supplement to your pain treatment approach.
  • Learn how to significantly decrease or discontinue the use of opioid medications with cannabis
  • Specific cannabis dosing suggestions for reducing opiates with cannabis
  • How cannabis can actually synergize with opiates for even better pain relief
  • What to do if you begin to experience opioid withdrawal
  • Replacing both fast release and slow release opiates with cannabis
  • How to talk to your doctor about this transition to get their support and guidance
Dr. Gregory Smith is a Medical Doctor with a Masters of Public Health from Harvard University. Since getting out of the US Army as a Major, Dr. Smith has been in primary care practice in California, Georgia and Florida for the past 25 years. He first trained on use of medical cannabis in California in 2000, and has been using medical cannabis and CBD oil ever since. He is the author of Medical Cannabis: Basic Science and Clinical Applications - the first scientifically-based textbook directed at educating medical students and medical professionals on the science and applications of cannabinoid medications. He is also the Chief Medical Officer for CBC Biotechnologies, Inc., a manufacturer of biosynthesized cannabinoids and terpenes, and Director of Medical Affairs for First Harvest Financial, Inc., a cannabis investment firm.
Using Cannabis Instead of Opiates for Pre and Post Operative Surgical Care: One Patient’s Journey w/ Nikki Lastreto
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With opioid addiction reaching epidemic proportions in the US, many patients are striving to find alternative sources of pre and post-operative pain management without resorting to side-effect inducing pharmaceuticals, while still working within the protocols of the Western medicine system.
Nikki Lastreto, of Swami Select, was one such patient who weaned herself off of traditional painkillers after undergoing orthopedic surgery and replaced them with cannabis products.

In this personal conversation, Nikki will share:

  • How to manage pain -pre and post-op, using cannabis in place of, or conjunction with, traditional therapies.
  • How to find a doctor who will embrace your personal choice for cannabis instead of opiates.
  • What type of natural products you should consider using as alternatives to harsh pharmaceuticals.
  • Contraindications to be aware of when using CBD/THC.
  • How to talk to your doctor and other healthcare professionals about the benefits of cannabis for pain management (they might be more curious than you think).
Nikki’s personal story is inspiring and will reveal a new approach to managing pain with cannabis, even in a traditional medical setting.
Nikki Lastreto — Co-Founder, Swami Select
Nikki Lastreto is a San Franciscan native born at the right time to be a flower child in her own town. Her cannabis connection began as a young girl smoking mediocre marijuana from south of the border and took her through global pursuits in search of other varieties. After some years as a journalist in San Francisco and living abroad, Nikki has established herself as a designer of sacred space and the co-founder of Swami Select with her husband, Swami Chaitanya. She has lived in the Bell Springs appellation of northern Mendocino County for over 15 years now, where she oversees operations at Swami Select, continues to write, and finally … Nikki considers herself a “Mendonesian”.