Big Pharma Not Happy: 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Drugs

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    Posted on January 11, 2016 by Carol Adl in Health

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    Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC

    The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

    Natural Blaze reports:

    However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

    The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis.

    The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

    In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death.

    The finding that cannabis was substituted for all three classes of substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and may have implications for abstinence-based substance use treatment approaches. Further research should seek to differentiate between biomedical substitution for prescription pharmaceuticals and psychoactive drug substitution, and to elucidate the mechanisms behind both.

    As The Free Thought Project has reported before, the U.S. is in the midst of a painkiller epidemic, with overdose deaths skyrocketing as Big Pharma has secured its grip on government and mainstream medicine. Opioid painkillers and heroin have driven overdose deaths to the point where they are now the leading cause of fatal injuries in the U.S. Alcohol is also killing Americans at a rate not seen in 35 years.

    The results of this survey confirm that cannabis is the answer to all of these problems.

    Americans for Safe Access has a comprehensive breakdown of conditions that cannabis can treat, and comparisons to prescription pills.

    Chronic Pain
    Arthritis
    Gastrointestinal Disorders
    Movement Disorders
    Multiple Sclerosis

    We are just beginning to confirm the benefits of cannabis on other conditions such as anxiety which is normally treated with pills such as Xanax, insomnia which is normally treated with pills such as Ambien, and antidepressants which are treated with pills such as Zoloft. All of these prescription drugs can cause debilitating addiction or severe side-effects.

    Although the war on drugs put a stop to medical cannabis research for decades, in recent years we have seen a surge in studies being performed, as prohibition crumbles and the Schedule 1 classification of “no medical benefit” is exposed as a farce.
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    I can attest to this. I've had 3 back surgeries and was on methadone for pain. I tried MJ to help with some of the side effects of the pain medication (hot flashes, insomnia, etc) and found out that I didn't need the methadone anymore. It's been 9 months since I took so much as an ibuprofen for pain.
     
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  3. I, too, can attest to this! I gave up Fentanyl, Dilaudid, Klonopin, and Lyrica! I found true relief by infusing cannabis into butter and then consuming it orally! I have many back issues including stenosis, bulging disc's, and herniated disc's ; I also suffer from fibromyalgia, insomnia, migraines, nausea and gastrointestinal issues, and PTSD. Cannabis has been useful for all of these conditions, much better than any prescription any doctor ever gave me!
     
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    I have been using prescription drugs from the last 2 years for chronic pain and now I have started using marijuana. Trust me this green plant is a miracle medicine. It is capable of treating various health issues and is available at cheap price in comparison to prescription pills. That's why it is a threat for pharmas industry.

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    Cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain, insomnia, anxiety and a lot of ailments which the allopathic medicines take years to treat. With the lagalization of cannabis there is a possibility that more no of patients shift to the medical marijuana. Thats why big pharma companies are worried for their future. there is also a possibility that the cost of healthcare treatment goes down due to lagalization and because of budding of pot delivery services.
     

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