3. Big Pharma dependency
Recent research suggests that cannabis use can reduce patients’ dependency on heavy drugs. Particularly opioids. Doctors legally prescribe opioid medication to help their patients cope with issues like chronic pain and injury recovery. While opioid medication has its benefits, it can often lead to dependency. It can even lead to harder drugs like heroin.
By replacing traditional opioid medication with medical marijuana, patients lower their risk of drug dependency. Lowering their risk of dependency means that the insurance company’s risk of spending money on drug addiction treatment decreases. Everyone wins.