In a recent survey published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs this January, researchers revealed the results of a study they performed on approximately 400 people. The participants of the survey were asked about their cannabis use as well as their general feelings about the United States health-care system.
The vast majority of participants were overwhelming in favor of medical cannabis in regards to its effectiveness, addictiveness, availability, safety, side effects, and price in comparison with pharmaceutical prescription medicines. Among the reported medical conditions of those who participated in the survey were anxiety, chronic pain, muscle spasms, and PTSD.
The survey results indicated that (out of those who participated) cannabis is favored over conventionally prescribed pharmaceutical medicines as it is seen as both effective and rather a harmless alternative to man-made pills.
In fact, 42 percent of the participants stopped taking other prescription drugs once cannabis became legal. Also, 38 percent of the participants were able to cut back on the number of pharmaceuticals they take on a regular basis. Among the most common medicines that these patients cut-back on, or stopped altogether, were the infamous opioid painkillers such as Oxycodone, as well as other strong pain relievers and tranquilizers such as Xanax and Valium.
The results of this survey, while possibly somewhat skewed because it was performed during a pro-cannabis-reform event, are a reflection of similar studies completed in the past. Furthermore, as the researchers of this particular survey themselves conveyed, with the growing need for medical marijuana, those holding positions of authority in the public health industry must focus on the well-being patients, individually, as well as society as a whole.
The study’s conclusion? Not only do patients prefer pot over pills, but It’s time for seriously reconsidering the cannabis situation. A full scientific investigation of cannabis’ full medicinal properties and benefits is needed.