I've been hearing more and more lately about THC.
A friend of mine is on chronic pain meds and has started taking a mix of THC and cannabis to relieve pain, and has found it significantly cuts back on his narcotic use. And the formulation with minimal THC doesn't really even get you high at all.
In a time when opioid abuse is at epidemic levels and death from overdose is out of control, I don't understand why we can't explore THC/cannabis as a serious treatment for chronic pain. Yet right now, insurance won't pay for medical marijuana and they won't even pay for visits to doctors who are prescribing it.
Although this is talking from the perspective of being in a place where recreational use is not legal. Maybe in states where recreational use is legal, it's more acceptable to use this as a treatment?