Medical Marijuana vs. Prescription Drugs

Low Cost, Non-Addictive, No Serious Side Effects 

A large number of patients in the United States are turning to marijuana as an alternative to prescription pain killers. The CDC has officially declared prescription drug abuse in the United States to be an epidemic, with prescription drug overdose resulting in more than 44 deaths each day. An estimated 52 million Americans over the age of 12 use prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. Deaths caused by prescription drug overdose outnumber deaths caused by heroin and cocaine combined.

Prescription Painkiller Deaths Have Fallen 25% in Medical Marijuana States
A study that appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows a significant decrease in opiate overdoses in states that have medical marijuana laws compared to states that do not.
The article showed that opiate overdoses rose in states without medical marijuana laws during 2009-2010, they dropped by approximately 25 percent in states with medical marijuana laws during that same period. This information cannot show a causal relationship between the passage of medical marijuana laws and a decrease in opiate overdoses, they are consistent what medical marijuana patients have been saying for years, we will choose medical cannabis over pharmaceutical drugs.

Common Beliefs Versus Facts
Common side effects of opioid prescription drugs include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression. Physical dependence and addiction are clinical concerns that may prevent proper prescribing and in turn inadequate pain management.
The opinions that prescription drugs are safer than marijuana are completely inaccurate and false. Marijuana and prescription painkillers both have potential psychoactive side effects, but the long-term effects of marijuana use appear to be far safer and not at all life-threatening. A study indicates that patients addicted to opiates could experience decreased brain function. Some forms of marijuana, such as cannabidiol (CBD), appear to have no effect on cognitive function at all. For patients suffering from chronic pain, cannabis could offer relief without the negative symptoms of long-term opiate use.

It's Organic
Its healthier! People that are health conscious want organic solutions as they are healthier than synthetic drugs. The problem with many prescription drug capsules are that they are made from toxic chemicals such as petroleum, which is linked to cancer. Plus, the body often has problems processing or dealing with synthetic chemicals.

Methods of Ingestion
A number of prescription drugs are available to have the same benefits as marijuana. For instance, an active ingredient of marijuana is prescribed as the drug Marinol and is used in the treatment of nausea and loss of appetite. While Marinol is effective for treatment of nausea, it is taken as a pill, which can be a challenge for patients who have problems with ingestion, whereas inhalation of marijuana smoke or vapor poses no problem. Furthermore, it takes more time for orally administered drugs to cycle through the body to relieve pain, nausea and symptoms of glaucoma compared to inhaled vapor or smoke from marijuana. Further, patients are now adding marijuana to food and beverages, creams, lotions and compresses and many other ways.

Lawsuit Settlements Versus No Lawsuits
There is a growing debate among researchers about the safety of not only marijuana, but conventional drugs as well. Pharmaceutical companies have paid big multi-billion dollar settlements in recent years for marketing dangerous drugs. They've also been fined for bribing doctors to prescribe them. That's one of the many reasons why concerned individuals are turning to marijuana as an alternative. Is the proof the fact that there have never been lawsuits over prescribed marijuana?