Dr. Dustin Sulak brought his medical cannabis expertise to Burlington City Hall’s Contois Auditorium on Friday, to illuminate the role cannabis could play in stemming the national opioid crisis. Sulak, an osteopathic physician, began his private practice in Maine in 2009, coinciding with the state’s expansion of its medical cannabis program to include chronic pain. Sulak explained that he was one of the few doctors in the state, through his clinic Integr8 Health, willing to provide recommendations to patients under the new regime.
“It’s been incredible,” Sulak said, describing his foray into cannabis medicine. “I started seeing clinical results I had never dream of – not because I was a great doctor but because I was working with an effective, versatile medicine that was very safe.”
Sulak said he has helped more than 18,000 patients during his nine years working with medical cannabis, ranging from children to the elderly. Sulak’s research as it pertains to opioids – derived through data from his website Healer.com – found that of 542 opioid users who added cannabis, 39 percent were able to completely