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Cannabis Is Putting A Big Dent In Prescription Medication Profit

The Brightfield Group, and independent marketing research firm released their summary findings after the completion of a joint research study with HelloMD. The study used a sample of 2400 HelloMD participants in order to better understand how many people were opting in for Cannabis instead of prescription medication.
The study found that 69 percent believed cannabis products to be “more effective” and even “much more effective” when it came to treating various illnesses and conditions compared to their pharmaceutical drugs.

According to the study:

“While the largest portion (57%) of CBD users responding continues to use both cannabis and other medications – either simultaneously or alternating between them, 42% of these CBD users have left their traditional medications behind altogether and now use cannabis alone to treat conditions including anxiety (67%), insomnia (60%), joint pain and inflammation (52%) and depression (43%). ”

A 2015  study by the Icahn School of Medicine and Scripps Research Institute looked at cannabis and how it impacted opioid users. Researchers found that marijuana activates a class of neurotransmitters in the brain that “modulates the rewarding effects of addictive drugs.”

Cannabinoid receptors are found in areas of the brain that control reward and pleasure; when there is a dysfunction in that part of the brain, cannabis sends a message to cells telling them to stop looking for drugs.  How amazing is that?

University of Georgia and published in the journal Internal Medicine (April 2018), looked at opioid usage among those who began using marijuana. In states with medical marijuana dispensaries, there was a 14% reduction in opioid use over five years.

Furthermore, a 2014 study* by Bachhuber et al. concluded that in 13 states where medical marijuana was legalized between 1999-2010, there was an incredible 25% decrease in the number of deaths attributed to opioid overdose. The researchers estimated that legal weed saved over 1,700 lives in these 13 states in 2010 alone. There are several studies showing how Cannabis has declined in prescription drug use as well as deaths.

Painkillers, anti-depressants, etc, Cannabis seems to rule them all.

This is happening with all kinds of drugs.

For example, astudy published in the Journal Complimentary Therapies In Medicine has found that approximately 50 percent of the US population suffers from sleep disturbances, and emphasizes that if cannabis can treat insomnia that it’s clinically relevant. The study found that sleep aid sales have declined with the recreational use and legalization of cannabis, based on data from Colorado, and points out that the negative association between cannabis access and sleep aid sales suggests a consumer preference for cannabis.

Our results are consistent with evidence that legal access to medical cannabis is associated with reductions in Scheduled II-V prescription medications (e.g., opioids and sedatives), many of which may be used in part as sleep aids,” the authors wrote.

“These findings support survey evidence that many individuals use cannabis to treat insomnia, although sleep disturbances are not a specific qualifying condition under any U.S. state-level medical cannabis law.”

Study author Sarah Stith,  a microeconomist at the University of New Mexico, said in statement: “From a public health perspective, the possible widespread use of cannabis for less severe medical conditions both highlights its therapeutic potential and raises concerns regarding the risk-benefit tradeoffs of substituting a substance associated with abuse and dependence for relatively ineffective OTC medications with typically low levels of abuse potential.”

“From an economic or business perspective, regardless of underlying mechanism, our documentation of changing purchase behaviors has implications for multimillion-dollar US markets with OTC sleep aids likely just one example,” she said. “It is important for the medical community to recognize that the lack of medical guidance does not necessarily lead to a lack of medical use. Dispensaries and online forums are stepping up to fill the information vacuum as individuals are forced to take treatment into their own hands, with statistically evident effects on treatment choices.”

Right now, we are seeing a plethora of information coming out combating this claim, stating that there is no sound scientific evidence that cannabis can replace prescription drugs for these types of problems. That’s probably because it can, and the proof is in the experience more so than it is in the science. If people are experiencing and feeling better using medicinal cannabis, then that’s all we really need, or it at least warrants a try. Cannabis is a huge threat to various pharmaceutical medicines that bring in millions of dollars for these companies every single year.

With legalization recently occurring here in Canada, pharmaceutical companies are now getting involved. Legalization only really benefited them, as they are now looking to become the dealers. This has caused a concern among individuals about cannabis that’s now being sold in the mainstream realm, especially from those who wish to use it for its medicinal properties.

Why? Because we don’t know what’s in it. Pesticides and heavy metals have been discovered in mainstream cannabis, and genetically modified cannabis has become a concern.

Thats why, through Canada’s ACMPR program, people are choosing to grow their own. This is where we come in. If you’d like assistance to make sure you go through the process legally and the right way, please contact us about acquiring a licence and we’ll help you through the process every step of the way.

We can help you obtain the prescription you need and help you with all of the paper work.

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