Contrary to popular culture, science says cannabis may help you lose weight. Although it is stereotypical to associate marijuana use with getting “the munchies”, however, recent studies indicate otherwise. In fact, several studies show that pot users’ body mass index (BMI) is actually 7% lower compared to non-users.
Unlike hospice, long-term drug safety is an important issue in palliative medicine. Opioids may produce significant morbidity. Cannabis is a safer alternative with broad applicability for palliative care. As palliative medicine grows, so does the need to reclassify cannabis. This article provides an evidence-based overview and comparison of cannabis and opioids. Using this foundation, an argument is made for reclassifying cannabis in the context of improving palliative care and reducing opioid-related morbidity.