Let’s consider these quotes for a minute:
- “Results reveal that on average, the 13 states allowing the use of medical marijuana had a 24.8 percent lower annual opioid overdose mortality rate after the laws were enacted than states without the laws, indicating that the alternative treatment may be safer for patients suffering from chronic pain related to cancer and other conditions.” (Source, accessed on May 2015);
“The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) classifies opioid misuse, abuse and overdose as an epidemic. Earlier this year, the CDC revealed that there were 16,235 deaths involving prescription opioids in 2013, an increase of 1% from 2012.” (Source, accessed on May 2015);
“Compared with states with no formal access to marijuana, those that allowed certain patients legal access to cannabis saw a steady drop in opiate-related overdoses that reached 33%, on average, six years after the states’ medical marijuana laws took effect.” (Source, accessed on May 2015).
What kind of message are you receiving from them? I don’t know about you, but I read them and what I think is: “isn’t it time to consider the fact that maybe using cannabis as a painkiller is better than… prescribing painkillers?”
And if those quotes aren’t enough to stimulate your curiosity, let’s also talk about a study that was recently published on the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, titled Use of Prescription Pain Medications Among Medical Cannabis Patients: Comparisons of Pain Levels, Functioning, and Patterns of Alcohol and Other Drug Use. The study has demonstrated that patients who use medical marijuana tend not to abuse alcohol or other drugs, even if they use medical pot along with prescribed opioids. As the researches said, “Use of PPM [Prescription Pain Medications] among medical cannabis users was not identified as a correlate for more serious forms of alcohol and other drug involvement.”
“Every day, 44 people in the U.S. die from overdose of prescription painkillers, and many more become addicted,” tells us the CDC. What if cannabis was a possible solution to this problem. At the end of the day… we are still waiting for the 1st cannabis overdose, and cannabis kills pain. In other words: what if cannabis was the ultimate killer of pain killers?