Almost 50% Of Cannabis Users Are Replacing Prescription Drugs With MMJ

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According to a study from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, patients are either replacing or reducing their pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis. They are ditching their medication because they believe cannabis works better and is a more natural approach.

Researches who conducted the study surveyed 450 adult cannabis users. 78 percent of the users reported using cannabis for illnesses and health conditions such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, headaches, chronic pain, menstrual pains, HIV/AIDS and the negative effects of chemotherapy.

42 percent of those users said they stopped taking their prescription medications entirely and switched to using cannabis. While 38 percent reported they made a cut back in their usage.

One-third of the users are using cannabis medically without their doctor knowing.

Furthermore, the cannabis users also stated they trusted the plant over the pills in terms of effectiveness, cost, side effects, and availability compared to pharmaceutical drugs.

With limited studies on cannabis due to it being a schedule I substance by the federal government, there is lacking credible information. This makes it hard to really get the full scope of cannabis’s medical potential. Even basic studies are giving greater insight into the future of cannabis. Also, just FYI, to put things into perspective, heroin is also on the schedule I substance list.

Authors of the study claim, “Given the state of the science of medicinal cannabis, even basic information about users’ attitudes and behaviors would be helpful.”

One Author also stated, “Given the growing use of cannabis for medical purposes and the widespread use for recreation purposes despite criminalization. The current public health framework focusing primarily on cannabis abstinence appears obsolete.” 

It’s not surprising to see why cannabis is becoming a popular choice, things can only get higher from here.


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