In a recent study, scientists found that cannabis users who had once used prescription pain meds were able to give up the opiates for weed. The groundbreaking study could prove dangerous for the pharmaceutical industry, which is grasping at straws to keep their business in the midst of marijuana legalization.
And not only was it a vast majority of users that had this to say, it was nearly 100% of test participants. According to them, they were able to replace opiates with cannabis for pain relief, meaning: less harsh chemicals and addictive properties in their system. HelloMD conducted the study, along with the University of California Berkley.
During the study, they discovered that 92% of participants “strongly agreed/agreed” that cannabis was actually more effective than the opiates.
Unfortunately, cannabis remains only legalized for medicinal use in 26 states as well as the capital.
The Chief Medical Officer at HelloMD spoke about claims that had been made in reference to calling marijuana a gateway drug and used his study as proof for the argument that marijuana could quite possibly be the opposite of a gateway drug.
“The latest publication of the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead of finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits,” Dr. Solomon said. “Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully, this will awaken the public, medical professionals, and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.”
Unfortunately, for now, marijuana seems largely under fire by both the pharmaceutical industry, and the United States’ newest Attorney General, Jeff Sessions. Sessions, however, was recently proven to have been paid off by the tobacco industry. It seems, that no matter how helpful pot is for the world at large, there will always be major corporations fighting against it. However, one day, I speculate that it will be legal. The question is: how long will it be until then?