New research reveals that more and more people are tossing out their prescription medications in favor of cannabis.
The U.S. is in the midst of a painkiller epidemic. According to the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment put out by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), drug overdose, mostly from painkillers and heroin, is now the leading cause of fatal injuries in the U.S., even surpassing motor vehicle accidents and firearms.
In fact, in 2013, more than 46,00 people in the U.S. died from a drug overdose and more than half of those were caused by heroin or prescription painkillers. And since 2002, deaths caused by prescription drugs have beaten those of cocaine and heroine combined.
The DEA and Big Pharma have enabled this painkiller epidemic by enforcing a war on drugs and this is a major reason why prescription painkillers have become so prevalent in the U.S. Until recently, the war on drugs prevented the research and use of alternative methods such as cannabis.
Additionally, by outlawing the use of “illicit” drugs instead of studying about the health benefits, the government turned patients in need into criminals.
However, as legalization of medical and recreational cannabis continues to sweep the nation, more and more people are discovering how this plant is a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills and other harmful drugs.
A survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users, conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC, found that 87% of the respondents gave up prescription medications, other drugs, or alcohol in favor of medical cannabis.
This survey also found that 80% of the respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.
The pharmaceutical industry has long lobbied against the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis in order to secure their profits.
The statistics revealed in the survey, however, indicate a promising trend of people moving away from dangerously additive and deadly substances in favor or a safe and effective plant, and this trend is exactly why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis.
With the help of new laws, researchers have been able to study cannabis and better understand how it impacts the body.
Cannabis can be used to treat Glaucoma, it can help control epileptic seizures, it slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, it eases the pain of multiple sclerosis, and relieves arthritis discomfort.
Additionally, depression, which is typically treated with prescription pills such as Zoloft, and insomnia, which is typically treated with pills such as Ambien, all cause devastating addiction or harmful side effects.
Cannabis, however, has proven to be a safe and effective solution to all of these conditions, and as research continues, more health benefits of cannabis will be discovered.