HOLYOKE — Dr. Peter Grinspoon of Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday chronic pain will strike most individuals at some point at a time people are living longer and horrors of opioid addictions are frightening.

“To me, cannabis is the obvious way to treat people’s chronic pain,” Grinspoon said, in a panel discussion at Gateway City Arts on Race Street.

“Cannabis and Opioids: Prevention or Treatment” was sponsored by the Cannabis Community Care and Research Network (helpfully shorthanded to “C3RN”), a Somerville-based marijuana industry consultant and advocate.

Joining Grinspoon on the panel were:

Points discussed during the event included the extent of deaths and addictions caused by use of opioids; the need for more research on how marijuana can help medically; the potential, said during the event to be low, of marijuana addiction; the need for explanations to people about how to use marijuana and how using it will alter perceptions and feelings, so avoid use before work and driving; and the legal issues still stuck to pot use, such as it being illegal at the federal level.

Check back with The Republican and MassLive.com for more coverage of the “Cannabis and Opioids” panel discussion, including photos and video.

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