FAQs

Frequently asked questions

What is kratom?


Kratom (mitragyna speciosa,) is a tropical tree in the coffee family that is grown in Southeast Asia and Indonesia. For thousands of years, people have safely used the plant to treat a wide variety of ills and suffering.

The leaves can be eaten raw, but are more often dried and crushed, then used to make tea and capsules.

In low doses, kratom acts as a stimulant, like coffee. In higher doses, kratom acts as a sedative, aiding sleep, pain relief, and easing the symptoms of acute opiate withdrawal.

Kratom helps those suffering from opiate addiction, but is NOT an opiate! Kratom constituents attach to mu-opioid receptors in the brain, calming the craving for the drugs.

Kratom, as a safe, non-toxic plant does not cause opiate-like side effects such as:
constipation, physical dependence, and respiratory depression - which is what happens when people OD on opiates and forget to breathe.




What is MAT? What is PAT?


MAT is an acronym that stands for Medication Assisted Treatment, and indicates the prescription and use of pharmaceuticals such as suboxone, subutex, and methadone to treat substance use disorder. PAT is a term we coined that stands for Plant-Assisted Therapy and indicates the use of all-natural, non-toxic plant-based medicines and supplements to help people suffering with substance use disorder.

It is important to note that PAT is not a stand-alone treatment approach at Greener Pastures, but that the Therapy is Assisted by the use of Plant-based interventions. PAT is an important aspect of the Greener Pastures Protocol for addiction recovery, which is based on mindfulness and community.

Plant medicines ease the painful physical symptoms of Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (AWS,) help alleviate the anxiety and depression that so often are the catalyst for addictions, and work to facilitate and expedite healing in the body and brain damaged by harmful drug use.

Some of the plant medicines in the PAT approach are:

- kratom - cannabis - hemp - ashwagandha -chamomile - st johns wort
- skullcap - passion flower - kava - lavender - moringa - maca - turmeric




How is cannabis therapy used at Greener Pastures?


Cannabis extracts are used to create non-smokeable cannabinoid delivery methods such as tinctures, oils, capsules and salves and edibles.

We support our clients' legal and medically-supervised use of non-smokeable cannabis in a harm-reduction treatment protocol.




What is harm reduction?


Harm reduction can be described as a strategy directed toward individuals or groups that aims to reduce the harms associated with certain behaviours. When applied to substance abuse, harm reduction accepts that a continuing level of drug use (both licit and illicit) in society is inevitable and defines objectives as reducing adverse consequences. It emphasizes the measurement of health, social and economic outcomes, as opposed to the measurement of drug consumption.




What herbal remedies are available?


We have a fully-stocked apothecary at Greener Pastures, and a wonderful array of natural plant-based medicines for whatever ails ya!

Some of our most popular are: kratom, cannabis, CBD, passionflower, valerian, ginseng, moringa, st. john's wort, turmeric, elderberry, cats claw, gingko biloba, hawthorne, rhodiola, milk thistle, amino acids, and more.
Our favorite plant-based medicine is clean, whole foods!




Isn't cannabis addicting? Aren't you swapping one addiction for another?


When talking about addiction, it’s important to distinguish between physical and psychological addiction. Substances like alcohol, heroin, cocaine and sugar can cause physical dependence, but cannabis dependence is mostly psychological. When someone has a physical dependence, their body needs the substance to function normally. If they are unable to get it, they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms, such as the tremors associated with alcohol withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can be bad enough to require hospitalization or even kill a person. Psychological dependence is different, because it’s mostly about the user’s thoughts and feelings. In this case, the user thinks they need the substance to feel normal.

While cannabis dependence may not pose much of a health risk, like heroin or alcohol addiction, it can still be problematic if it interferes with your daily life.

The mindful and intentional use of cannabis as a safe, non-toxic harm-reduction tool will not lead to cannabis dependence.

We instruct our clients to be mindful of their usage of plants and supplements, and advise a "re-set" mechanism if usage is escalating. A simple re-set is a 2-3 day abstinence of cannabis, which very nicely adjusts the cannabinoid receptors in the body so a lower therapeutic dose is resumed.





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