Frequently asked questions
What is kratom?
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?
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?
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.
Isn't cannabis addicting? Aren't you swapping one addiction for another?
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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