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
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
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.
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?