Patients Forgo Opiates in Favor of Legalized Medical Cannabis – Yahoo Finance

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NEW YORK, July 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries, but despite the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, international regulators ultimately deemed the plant unsafe for the public due to its marijuana derivative. The marijuana plant, which is part of the cannabis family, is linked to containing the majority of THC cannabinoids, which cause the psychoactive effects that cannabis is generally associated with. However, extensive research and studies have uncovered that marijuana can be effectively used to treat a variety of medical conditions. For instance, researchers suggested that marijuana can effectively be used as an alternative to traditional opioids to treat moderate to severe pain. A study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs evaluated over 1,000 subjects taking legal marijuana. Among the participants, 65% of the people said they were taking cannabis for pain treatment and 80% of the group found it very or extremely helpful. As a result, this led to 82% of the group reducing or eliminating their over the counter (OTC) medication intake. Notably, 88% of the group mentioned that they were able to completely stop taking opioid painkillers. Furthermore, 74% of the subjects said that marijuana helped them sleep better. Chronic pain and insomnia are two of the most prevalent medical conditions that adults suffer from and Dr. Gwen Wurm, Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, highlighted that 20% of American adults suffer from chronic pain and one in three do not get enough sleep in general. However, in regions where marijuana is legal for medical treatment, patients can obtain a prescription from their doctor to treat their ailments. Furthermore, as research and studies continue to better develop our collective understanding of the plant, scientists are debunking the misconceptions revolving around

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