401161 02: An assistant studies marijuana/cannabis leaves in the Maripharma Laboratory February 15, 2002 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. The Dutch government is the first in the world to officially approve the cultivation and sale of cannabis products to pharmacies for medical purposes. A test by the Free Universtity in Amsterdam is conducting tests with 20 Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients who seem to be experiencing great benefits from the treatment with marijuana. (Photo by Michel Porro/Getty Images)

Cannabis Conclusions – Studies to Know

The United States is facing an incredibly deadly epidemic brought on by our “healthcare” system and its heavy reliance upon pharmaceutical treatments such as opioids. In the U.S. there are thousands of individuals that are losing their lives to legally prescribed opioid-based medications each year. Not only are those who are legally prescribed these drugs losing their lives but so are thousands of others who are finding these same pharmaceuticals on the streets. This is an issue that can no longer be ignored. According to;

“From 2014 to 2015, the following states witnessed a double-digit increase in their overdose mortality rates, thanks primarily to pharmaceutical narcotics: Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington, and West Virginia.”

Cannabis has not only been proven to be effective at treating chronic pain through anecdotal cases but also through scientific research. A study covered by concluded that;

“Hospitalization rates for opioid painkiller dependence and abuse dropped on average 23 percent in states after marijuana {cannabis} was permitted for medicinal purposes”

Not only did hospital admissions and visits for opioids drop significantly so did overdoses related to opioids. On average opioid overdose hospitalization rates decreased by 13% in states with compassionate medical cannabis laws.

A recent study by researchers at the University of New Mexico concluded that the introduction of medical cannabis laws could also drastically reduce patient’s reliance upon pharmaceutical treatment options. Their recent study showed that within 6 months of introducing cannabis to their patient’s treatment regimen that 34% of them were able to completely eliminate all pharmaceutical prescribed medicines from their treatment while still finding equal if not a higher level of relief.

So, what does this mean? Well, it is simple. If medical cannabis were legal across the United States the pharmaceutical industry would lose a lot of business. Could that be why they have aggressively fought against legalization for decades and have helped to fuel the reefer madness propaganda that so many unfortunately still believe? The fact that reliance upon pharmaceuticals would decrease to this magnitude could be the reason why researchers at the University of Indiana recently concluded that cannabis legalization could be a major lifesaver.

Their study looked at the efficiency of cannabis when it comes to treating obesity, diabetes, cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, lung disease, alcohol consumption, opioid overdoses, neurodegenerative and neuroinflammatory diseases as well as cannabis’s effect on driving. Their conclusion was that cannabis could drastically benefit patients who suffer from these conditions and prevent approximately 47,500 deaths annually.

They also found that the prohibition of cannabis was responsible for roughly 6,000-9,000 deaths annually making the war on drugs as big of a threat as a fatal addiction to opioids, drunk driving, and homicide. Just let that sink in for a minute. Now, reach out to your representatives in the House, your state Senator and your local city representatives and share with them these amazing reasons why they should support cannabis legalization.

Article courtesy of Expert Contributor: AshleyP from CannaLance (, @CannaLance, @MJWriter87)