- Bailey Porras
Medical Marijuana vs Opioids
The debate over marijuana as a treatment for certain medical conditions has been on-going and gaining momentum for many years. Many people are skeptical, because we are told to trust our doctors from the time we are born. Why would we do anything our long-time health practitioners advise against?
There are many misconceptions about medical marijuana, and most people just don’t know enough about it to make the switch from prescription drugs to cannabis.
Today, we will talk about the potential benefits a patient can enjoy when they make the switch.
Shouldn’t We Listen to Big Pharma?
Although there are many doctors that fully back medical marijuana as a treatment for some medical conditions, the majority are still turning a blind eye to its benefits. Why is this?
Simply put, Big Pharma makes money off of sick people. Despite thousands of studies that prove the medicinal benefits of cannabis, global pharmaceutical companies are still blocking moves that would legalize it.
If more people make the switch from prescription drugs to medical marijuana, these huge corporations will face a sizable decline in profitability.
In a study conducted by the University of Georgia, it was concluded that opioid use is much less prevalent in states where medical marijuana is legal. Many research studies have also proven that drug abuse and overdose statistics are much lower in states that have legalized medical marijuana.
A survey conducted by the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia found that 87% of participants gave up their prescription medication in favor of medical marijuana.
Pharmaceutical companies spend millions on research, quality control, testing, and product development, which is why the cost of prescriptions can add up quickly. The cost of cultivation and distribution for medical marijuana is significantly lower, making retail prices much lower. It’s no wonder why Big Pharma does not want medical marijuana as a competitor.
Many doctors may oppose use of medical marijuana for these same reasons. So if you are considering asking your doctor whether medical marijuana may be right for you, take his response with a grain of salt, and make sure to do your own research.
Benefits of Making the Switch
The leading cause of accidental death in the United States is prescription drug overdoses. This should come as no surprise, because everybody knows somebody who is on a prescription for something or other.
Switching to medical marijuana completely eliminates the risk of fatal overdose, and greatly reduces the possibility of dependence on your medication.
Side effects with opioid consumption are extremely common. Between 50-80% of patients in clinical trials report that they experience at least one side effect from their medication.
Your medication is supposed to help you feel better and make your life easier. Receiving relief in exchange for discomfort and side effects is not ideal. Some of the most common side effects of opioids include sedation, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, constipation, physical dependence, tolerance, and respiratory depression.
Medical marijuana can aid in relief with many different medical conditions. Some of the most common conditions include chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and Crohn’s disease.
Marijuana has been used for its medicinal properties for hundreds of years, and it’s all natural. Americans are becoming increasingly concerned with what they put into their bodies every day, and seeking out natural substitutes for certain foods, cosmetics, and more.
It should be no different for medication. Opioids can destroy your body over time, and can even cause muscle and heart infections.
When a person becomes reliant on pain relief, it can quickly consume their life. Pretty soon, getting high can become all you think about. Adapting to side effects becomes second nature.
Make the Switch!
What motivates your desire to see medical marijuana come to North Carolina? A suffering child in your family? Your own qualifying condition? The economic benefits to the state? Or just a sense of decency and compassion?
Whatever it is, hold on to it. Stoke it. Nurse that flame of righteous determination. And be sure to tell your representatives about it. They can’t ignore us forever.
And after you contact your lawmakers, contact us! Reserve an evaluation online today, and we’ll book an appointment for you with one of our knowledgeable, compassionate doctors just as soon as the state’s medical marijuana market is up and running.
You’ll learn if you qualify for a North Carolina Marijuana Card and how to best treat your conditions with safe, effective medical marijuana. You’ll even save $25 off the cost of your evaluation!
Doctors Who Care.
Relief You Can Trust.
Helping everyone achieve wellness safely and conveniently through increased access to medical marijuana. Our focus on education, inclusion, and acceptance will reduce the stigma for our patients by providing equal access to timely information and compassionate care.
If you have any questions, call us at (833) 781-7320, or simply book a medical marijuana evaluation to start getting relief you can trust today!