August 7, 2016

Medical pot cuts use of prescription drugs

Green Rush Daily

A study published recently in the journal Health Affairs found that there are significantly fewer prescription drugs being used in states with legal medical marijuana programs. These stats could play a key role in big pharma’s ongoing fight against cannabis. Ashley Bradford and W. David Bradford looked at how many prescription drugs were paid for from 2010 to 2013 as part of Medicare Part D. They found that states with legal medical cannabis use far fewer prescription drugs than states without medical marijuana.

Here’s how big the differences are:
  • Doctors in states with medical marijuana programs prescribed 265 less antidepressants every year than doctors in states without medical cannabis.
  • There were also 486 fewer seizure med prescriptions in medical marijuana states.
  • Doctors in medical cannabis states wrote 541 fewer anti-nausea prescriptions.
  • There were 562 fewer anti-anxiety prescriptions every year in medical marijuana states.
But prescription painkillers were the most dramatic of all. In states with medical marijuana, doctors prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers every year when compared to doctors in states without medical marijuana.


Anonymous said...

When I stop by the dispensary, it's usually in the morning, and often I'll see some older person buying cannabis for the first time, looking for something that helps them medically without negative side effects. Sometimes I'll see them again later, getting what they need, and see how happy are they with it's effect on their conditions. It warms my heart when I see this.

Anonymous said...

(You first let the Gin evaporate off though)

Anonymous said...


My mother tried gin soaked raisins for her joint pain, they didn't work at all, though she liked the taste.
None the less, some folks seem to have good results with Gin Soaked Raisins for arthritis pain, but gin soaked raisins don't begin to cover the variety of conditions that are ameliorated or improved by cannabis.

Gin soaked raisins don't improve asthma, nausea, PTSD, seizures, anorexia, migraines, traumatic brain injury, muscle spasms, inflammatory bowel disease, symptoms of HIV/AIDS, depression, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, lupus, or a whole host of other conditions that all respond well to cannabis. Gin Soaked Raisins don't cover a fraction of the conditions that cannabis improves.