Why Medical Cannabis Could Eventually Replace Traditional Prescriptions
Early research is claiming that medical cannabis could totally replace traditional prescriptions for chronic pain, sleep deprivation, and anxiety. See why Peninsula Alternative Health believes medical marijuana offers a better solution than the following common treatments:
Opioid-based painkillers. States like West Virginia and Indiana have declared states of emergency due to an opioid outbreak among its residents. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “more than 90 Americans die [every day] after overdosing on opioids” due to misuse and addiction.
Aside from synthetic recreational opioids, prescription pain relievers are a huge culprit in this far-reaching crisis. The drug even affects the economy, costing the United States $78.5 billion annually for healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
So, why is this still a viable form of medical treatment?
Large pharmaceutical companies don’t want to fall behind when medical marijuana becomes mainstream as a prescription. Drugs like oxycodone, fentanyl, and hydrocodone will become obsolete because medicinal marijuana offers the same solution to treat chronic and/or acute pain, Cerebral Palsy, and neuropathy without the addictive side effects.
In fact, aside from the alternative treatment of medical marijuana, some medical companies are testing non-psychoactive cannabidiol (CBD) in laboratories to see if certain conditions can be mitigated through the use of CBD.
With to-be-determined results, society eagerly waits to see if medical cannabis is the next breakthrough in replacing dangerous opioids.
Sleeping aids. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reported by the New York Daily News, “nearly 9 million U.S. adults resort to prescription sleeping [aids]” like Ambien, Lunesta, and Zolpidem.
While insomnia is typically treated, reported side effects of these commonly prescribed drugs, also known as sedative-hypnotics, include next-day drowsiness, drug dependence, dry mouth, memory loss, lack of coordination, lightheadedness, and a lower attention span.
To receive the same effect as these sedative-hypnotics without the dangerous side effects, patients should consider alternative treatment in medical cannabis strains. Indica strains originate from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and the surrounding areas. With fat, deep green leaves, quality, compact indica contains a moderately high amount of CBD and THC.
This is best used for stress relief and relaxation, while stronger varieties can induce sleep. They’re also ideal for reducing muscle spasms, pain, and stiffness without the addiction property of sleeping aids.
Anti-anxiety medication. Unfortunately, anxiety disorders are often misunderstood and mistreated by physicians with benzodiazepines. Popular treatment options include Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and Valium.
Although not physically addictive, this drug class can cause dependency issues, as body tolerance builds rapidly, which requires the patient to take more medication in order to feel the same effects.
According to the American Public Journal, reported by the New York Times, in 2013, almost 6 percent of Americans filled a benzodiazepines prescription. Approximately 3 out of every 100,000 people died from overdose.
About a year later, Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, led a study on the potential effects of medical cannabis and anxiety disorders.
They found that the cannabinoid (CB) receptors in the brain are vital in regulating anxiety and triggering the flight-or-fight response that’s essential to human survival. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders often accidentally trigger this biological response, creating a “fake” fight-or-flight scenario. This results in unnecessary anxiety.
Since medical marijuana produces endocannabinoids that affect the same CB receptors in the brain, its regulated use can help alleviate anxiety disorders.
According to a 2017 Forbes article, “While preliminary, the latest research suggests that the compounds in marijuana could eventually be harnessed to deliver anxiety relief with decreased dependency, fewer side effects, and less overdose potential.”
For more information about the benefits of medical marijuana and how to access this alternative treatment in Maryland, contact the experts at Peninsula Alternative Health in Salisbury, Maryland.