Life expectancy grows each time more every year, and it is mostly given to people having wider access to a more natural, healthy and holistic way of living. And as marijuana being a natural herb and medicine, many people are recurring to cannabis to treat their medical conditions.
This increase in the number of people opting for medical marijuana could be seen by researchers in the last few years. Researchers found out that states with a legal medical marijuana program have seen a decline in the number of Medicare prescriptions for pharmaceuticals used to treat anxiety, depression, chronic pain and others that are often listed in the states medical cannabis program.
There are innumerous reasons why people are ditching their medicines for cannabis and we’re going to tell some of them.
Marijuana has barely any side effects
Marijuana has generally fewer side effects than standard medications, mostly for being a herb. There are lots of patients who suffer from the side effects of standard medications that sometimes impairs their daily life and marijuana is also helpful treating a bunch of side effects of these medications.
Patients treating HIV/AIDS and cancer often use marijuana as an alternative to managing the side effects of their treatment, helping to reduce their nausea, vomiting, pain, and anxiety.
It can be used by children with epilepsy
Marijuana has been widely used for treating children with epilepsy, especially those who have already tried several treatments and none of them helped. There are several testimonials of parents saying that once their children started taking a CBD-based medication, they either stopped having seizures attacks or had fewer seizures since then.
Not to mention that recently the FDA approved a medication that it’s CBD-based to treat people who suffer from two of the rarest forms of epilepsy, the Dravet syndrome, and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
It is helpful in treating chronic pain
More seniors are ditching pharmaceuticals and using cannabis to treat aches, pains and other maladies that come with aging. https://t.co/WsUr1iI1GM
— KTVU (@KTVU) March 26, 2019
The opioid crisis is something that pretty much most of the Americans are aware of. Many U.S. residents suffer from chronic pain and they often treat it with opioids. However, the risks of opting for an opioid treatment is also known by most of them.
According to a report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are currently 50 million Americans suffering from chronic pain, which is 20% of the adult population of the country. Now, imagine how many of these people consume opioids. A result of this great number is that approximately 115 Americans die of an opioid overdose.
In order to change that, many states such as Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York approved laws that allow patients with opioid prescriptions to opt for medical marijuana.
In fact, researchers discovered by analyzing opioid prescriptions covered by Medicare Part D between 2010-2015 and Medicaid between 2011-016, that states that allowed medical cannabis had 2.21 million fewer doses of opioids prescribed comparing with the other states that don’t allow the use of medical marijuana.
Aside from all these reasons mentioned above, there are also many other conditions which can be treated successfully with marijuana such as anorexia, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer, depression, arthritis, migraines and it goes on.
Knowing all this information about how medical cannabis can be so helpful, most people tend to choose and substitute pharmaceuticals for cannabis. And it is expected that these numbers keep growing.
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