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How Medical Marijuana Is Saving Lives

The ills attributed to marijuana may be much, but it could be much more as a lifesaving medication if used rightly. Across the girth of the universe, there is an increasing level of confidence that medical marijuana reduces the negative side effects of a raft of symptoms and signs such as a headache, nausea, and withdrawals. Already, it has been touted as a viable treatment for alcoholism.

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In Stage IV cancer patients, who had severe pain and mental distress using other drugs such as narcotics, the use of medical marijuana for pain management has helped reduce the number of drug intakes and associated pain.


This marijuana revelation is consistent across several medical conditions. Whether the medical condition was trauma, cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, or some other condition, whenever the patient had a history of prescription narcotics utilization, they all made nearly the same claim that they had been able to reduce or eliminate narcotic pills by using medical marijuana. It routine substitution for prescription narcotics continues to enjoy significant approbation.

For example, medical marijuana has been used as a substitute or replacement for opiates.

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In fact, it is useful for some individuals undergoing treatment for opiate addiction. This has been supported by clinical research, where medical marijuana to treat opiate-addicted patients is warranted. The microcosm the fact that medical marijuana has little or no side effects in contrast to opiates mirrors its effectiveness.

While prescription drug prices continue to climb, putting the pinch on patients, there is need to seek for alternatives – with the at least corresponding level of efficacy

if not more – that has become easier to get to palliate patients health and financial demands. Research indicated that where medical marijuana — which is sometimes recommended for symptoms of chronic pain, anxiety or depression — is used, there have been a significant decline in the number of several other drugs prescriptions for drugs used to treat those conditions and a dip in spending by consumers. It isn’t to say that saving money is directly proportional to saving lives. But the relief that comes with spending less and getting more is nothing to sneeze at. More so, since people are using, medical marijuana as medications, it's a pretty good indirect evidence that lives are being saved.

Hence, support for the proposition that greater use of marijuana should be championed as it opens the possibility that marijuana use may also decrease utilization of other drugs, such as alcohol. It can also help in the treatment of anxiety, depression, nausea, pain, psychosis, seizures, sleep disorders and spasticity.

In addition, because of the prescriptions for drugs like opioid painkillers and antidepressants — and associated spending on those drugs — fell in states where marijuana could feasibly be used as a replacement, it appears likely that its consumption led to a drop in prescriptions. That point is further strengthened because prescriptions didn't drop for medicines such as blood-thinners, for which marijuana isn't an alternative.

While it may be argued that there are a lot of unanswered questions about marijuana usage, it’s live-saving tendencies and efficacy in cancer, and trauma treatment are certainly not one of them.

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Owing to this sentiment, there should be a lift on the embargo encumbering its prescription by health administrators. Specific research can only be conducted on appropriate dosage if the potentials inherent in this magical-plant is to be fully explored.


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