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Study: Medical Cannabis Significantly Reduces Prescription Drug Use

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 16:44
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By Marco Torres

Guest writer for Wake Up World

From 2000 to 2015, half a million people died from prescription drug overdoses, and stories continue to roll in daily about the lives claimed by prescription and non-prescription drug overdoses. Cannabis, however, is not only excluded from the drug overdose list, it has actually been shown to reduce the use of dangerous prescription drugs.

Raw cannabis is considered by many experts as a dietary essential. As a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant, some classify it as one of the most important plants on earth. The biggest benefits from the plant may come not by smoking it, but rather by consuming it in its raw and natural form.

“If cannabis were discovered in an Amazon rainforests today, people would be clambering to make as much use as they could out of the potential benefits of the plant,” said Donald L. Abrams, MD, Chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital and Professor of Medicine at the University California. Dr. Abrams is widely known for his research on medical cannabis applications“Unfortunately, it carries with it a long and not so long history of being a persecuted plant,” he added.

“The potential for addiction and health risks associated with using multiple Scheduled drugs places additional direct monetary and health costs on patients and healthcare systems due to an increased number of side effects, risky drug interactions, dependency, and overdose”, stated University of New Mexico researchers Jacob Miguel Vigil Ph.D and Sarah See Stith Ph.D, who co-authored a study entitled Effects of Legal Access to Cannabis on Scheduled II-V Drug Prescriptions, which was released in the July issue of the Journal of American Medical Directors Association.

The study resulted from insights provided by co-investigator Dr. Anthony Reeve, a pain specialist from the Industrial Rehabilitation Pain Clinics, Albuquerque, N.M. and also one of the first physicians to authorize the use of cannabis for patients with chronic pain in the state of New Mexico. Reeve observed that a number of his patients were coming back to see him less frequently after enrolling in the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (MCP), and who also, anecdotally, often claimed not only to be reducing their pain medications but also other types of prescription medications as well.

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