Dr. Oz advocates for medical cannabis as opioid treatment alternative on ‘Fox & Friends’


On Tuesday’s episode of “Fox & Friends,” Dr. Mehmet Oz, famed TV personality and medical professional, shocked Steve Doocy and his co-hosts by using his time to argue the efficacy of cannabis as an alternative to opioids.

After briefly discussing the assigned topics of the current administration, Oz divulged into the topic of cannabis before the segment was scheduled to end.

“The real story is the hypocrisy around medical marijuana,” said Dr. Oz on Fox News, Tuesday morning. “People think it’s a gateway drug to narcotics. It may be the exit drug to get us out of the narcotic epidemic.”

He also acknowledged most researchers cannot properly study medical cannabis under the restrictions of a Schedule I designation set by the Controlled Substances Act. The Schedule I designation is reserved for substances with no known medical purpose and highly addictive traits.

Dr. Oz had been advocating for medical cannabis since 2015, and he released a video where he investigated the plant as an alternative treatment to opioids for treating chronic pain. A recent study found 81 percent of participants said using cannabis alone was more effective than taking opioids to treat their chronic pain.