PORTLAND, me. – Dignity is a program of Agape Inc., a small non-profit organization nestled in the heart of Portland. Dignity is an organization of teachers, healers, storytellers and listeners and they believe there are five things that are needed to reduce overdose deaths:
- Dignity for people who use drugs
- Safe consumption of all substances
- Amnesty for people locked in cages because of their substance use
- Legalization of all substances
- Justice for families and communities devastated by this epidemic.
In partnership with Evergreen Cannabis Company, Dignity seeks to alleviate pain by using THC and CBD instead of opioids. In support of this partnership, Shimmerwood Beverages is donating our CBD seltzer to help Dignity fight the opioid epidemic in Maine.
According to Drug Discovery: A History by Walter Sneader, oxycodone, used to treat moderate to severe pain, was introduced as a wonder drug in 1995. It was first made in Germany from Thebaine in 1916 which is made from the poppy plant. Opium has long been used to treat pain and has long been known to be addictive.
Here in the United States, patients seeking to escape physical pain have been prescribed the opioid Oxycodone under the brand names OxyContin or Roxicodone. Before starting their prescription, Oxycodone patients should first be made aware of the cognitive and physical effects of these prescriptions. Doctors are now warning patients of the dangers to themselves and to others from using machines, driving or other related activities while under the influence of this drug.
While you are taking opioids, you will have difficulty living a normal life. Especially if you get hooked.
Opioid overdose deaths increased during pandemic, CDC says In 2020, Maine recorded 504 overdose deaths. Deaths from opioids, or drugs sold as opioids containing the synthetic opioid fentanyl, have become a national health crisis. In April 2021, the number of opioid deaths exceeded the annual number counted at the height of the opioid epidemic and marks a reversal of progress against drug addiction in recent years. According to the New York Times, more than 87,000 Americans died of drug overdoses in the 12-month period that ended in September, according to preliminary federal data, eclipsing the record for any year since The opioid epidemic began in the 1990s.
However, investments in research in this area are necessary. According to a WHO November 2017 article, “Another possible therapeutic application that has been investigated is the use of CBD to treat drug addiction. A recent systematic review concluded that there were a limited number of preclinical studies suggesting that CBD may have therapeutic properties on opioid, cocaine and psychostimulant addiction… ”The government should fund research in this area. Saving lives and livelihoods is good for taxes.
There are several ways to use CBD or THC. Topical ointments, smoked flowers, oil by sublingual drops, and ingestion with food are all options. Shimmerwood Beverages uses CBD derived from hemp which has been emulsified to disperse better in water. This nano emulsified oil remains dispersed so that the flavor and consistency of seltzer water is shelf stable. One advantage of CBD edibles is that it’s easier to monitor a specific dose. Shimmerwood Beverages includes 5 milligrams of full spectrum CBD per 11.5 ounce can.
In the last administration, billions of dollars in state grants gave more addicts access to the three FDA-approved drugs for opioid addiction – methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone – they work by suppressing cravings and suppressing cravings. withdrawal symptoms. None of that money was allocated to THC or CBD. Big pharma does not sell THC or CBD.
“When we launched Shimmerwood Beverages, one of my goals was to expose more people to CBD,” said Chuck Mascari, president of Shimmerwood. “Doing it in a mixological way where sober and curious individuals could find social acceptance and relax while drinking a hemp-infused CBD drink appealed to me. Our drinks are meant for social engagement while spending time with friends and family. People seem to really like them.
Shimmerwood also believes that THC and CBD may provide options for opioid addicts. That’s why we support the Evergreen Cannabis Company initiative with dignity. These are good options that minimize reliance on big pharmaceutical companies. Options that are not addictive.
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