Summary and opinion by Quinton Waldon.
Research found in the JAMA Internal Medicines journal give new benefits that can help toward the denouement of marijuana prohibition in the U.S. The research reveals that states where medical cannabis use is no longer a criminal offense are reporting a great drop in deaths associated with pharmaceutical painkiller use. This indicates that in the legalized states people are using marijuana to relieve their pain more than the painkiller pill which has more damaging properties.
The study compared the number of pharmaceutical-related deaths in the 13 states where medical marijuana was legal prior to 2010 to states where medical marijuana is still prohibited. Turns out that the legal cannabis states have a 25 percent lower rate of opioid mortality. This means that painkiller deaths were lessened by at least 1,729 in the states where medical patients have access to the cannabis herb as a pharmaceutical alternative.
Opioid-related deaths were increasing across the board among all U.S. states during the time period studied. While the states that legalized marijuana gained the health benefit caused by the freeing of weed. Rather than taking deadly opioid drugs like Percocet or OxyContin for chronic pain, medical marijuana users can take advantage of top-shelf cannabis strains that provide better pain relief with no harmful side effects.
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