Why Marijuana Is the Safer Choice When Compared with Prescription Drugs

Why Marijuana Is the Safer Choice When Compared with Prescription Drugs

In 2017, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a report that examined and reviewed abstracts on marijuana health research.  Presently, there are further studies that are seeking to ascertain the benefits of using medical marijuana for an array of health conditions such as, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, etc. Cannabis provides a more natural treatment approach for many symptoms, as well as conditions and diseases.

Today, many healthcare providers are treating patient’s pain and other conditions with opioid prescriptions.  Opioids are known by the masses to be highly addictive and potentially destructive medications due to the psychological, physiology and physical dependence.  For short term pain relief, opioids are proven to be effective.  However, the risk for dependence is a health concern and is the exact reason for the opioid epidemic at this present time.  The opioid epidemic in the U.S. in 2016 was responsible for more than 42,000 opioid overdose deaths, and around 40% of them were from prescription opioids.  In 2018, it was estimated that around two million people in the United States had an opioid disorder.  In comparison to the benefits of marijuana, it is highly effective, and has very few side effects, a major one being sleepiness.  In addition, marijuana has been shown to help those who are suffering from psychological issues, such as depression and anxiety.

Medical marijuana is a healthy, natural way to deal with a wide range of different types of health issues.  If you reside in an area where cannabis is legal, it would be beneficial to research its benefits for your specific health condition.  Speak with a medical professional about how they may be able to assist you.

Each year, there are new studies released that help to further our understanding of the benefits and how medical cannabis can be used to help with a host of medical and psychological conditions. As further research is conducted, it is likely that more states are going to legalized cannabis for medical and/or recreational use.

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