The current opioid crisis has made more people aware of the potential dangers of opioid medications, especially when it comes to treating long-term conditions such as chronic pain. Opioids carry a very high risk of overdose and addiction. Over time, patients develop a tolerance and require higher doses to achieve the same amount of relief. http://bit.ly/2NiASS5
The addictive quality of opioids makes them a poor choice for long-term management of any condition. Cannabis, on the other hand, appears to be far less addictive. Although more research is needed on this subject, research thus far indicates it is much more difficult to form a dependency on medical cannabis. Given this reality, cannabis may be a better choice in cases where the condition needs long-term treatment.