Medical Cannabis Contributes to Resolve the Hard Alcohol and Opiate epidemics

 

Proof of Concept. The Government & its public health Institutions are not sincerely interested in Holistic Medicine, Science nor the People’s wellbeing.

While there are dozens of examples that corroborate the corruption of those who control most of the Government’s institutions with regard to science, medicine, public health, agriculture, food and internationally recognized human rights, the example of cannabis is a telling one. This Section will thus focus on just a few examples, highlighting the cannabis case. If the Government’s “Science” and Public health Institutions can be so abusive and anti-scientific with regard to this plant, and still to this day, we can deduce that just about everything else of importance is also suppressed and-or demonized.

The Case of Medical Cannabis

In addition to over one hundred diseases medicinal cannabis can treat, there are two epidemics the  Big-Pharma-Government complex created that can be significantly attenuated thanks to cannabis: alcoholism and the Opiod epidemic.  Indeed, in this perspective, the Scientific data keeps on corroborating that legalized cannabis is significantly reducing the hard alcohol and opioid abuse epidemics in the U.S. .(Source) However, those who control the Federal Government and its public health institutions continue to demonize this ancestral medicinal plant. (Source) Even the non-psychoactive CBD (cannabidiol) that is used for seizures, cancer, MS, pain and dozens of other conditions was recently placed on Schedule I.  And just a few days ago, the Ninth Circuit Judges  sided with the DEA (Source)

Yet, the evidence clearly and convingingly shows that where medical cannabis access is permitted, the majority of patients routinely lessen their opioid intake. According to data recently published by the Minnesota Department of Health, among those patients known to be taking opiate painkillers upon their enrollment into the program, 63 percent “were able to reduce or eliminate opioid usage after six months.” (Source) Minnesota’s findings are hardly unique. In 2016 there was  data gathered from patients enrolled in Michigan’s cannabis access program reported that marijuana treatment “was associated with a 64 percent decrease in opioid use, decreased number and side effects of medications, and an improved quality of life.” (Source) A review of state-registered patients from various northeastern states yielded similar results, finding, 77 percent of respondents acknowledged having reduced their use of opioids following cannabis therapy. A significant percentage of respondents also reported decreasing their consumption of anti-anxiety medications (72 percent), migraine-related medications (67 percent), sleep aids (65 percent), and antidepressants (38 percent). (Source) A 2017 assessment of medical cannabis patients in Illinois revealed that participants in the state-run program frequently reported using marijuana “as an alternative to other medications — most commonly opioids, but also anticonvulsants, anti-inflammatories, and over-the-counter analgesics.” (Source) New Mexico patient data reports: Compared to non-users, medical cannabis enrollees “were more likely either to reduce daily opioid prescription dosages between the beginning and end of the sample period (83.8 percent versus 44.8 percent) or to cease filling opioid prescriptions altogether (40.5 percent versus 3.4 percent).” (Source)

Two just-published clinical trials from Israel (where medical cannabis use is legally permitted) confirm this trend. In the first study, which assessed cannabis use among the elderly, investigators reported that over 18 percent of the study’s participants “stopped using opioid analgesics or reduced their dose” over a six-month period. They concluded, “Cannabis can decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids.” In the second trial, which assessed the safety and efficacy of cannabis in a cohort of over 1,200 cancer patients, scientists reported that nearly half of respondents reported either decreasing or eliminating their use of opioids during the treatment period.

Furthermore, for conditions other than pain and anxiety, evidence corroborates that medical cannabis is safe and effective for over one hundred diseases. The data is thus  consistent, clear and compelling. For many patients, cannabis offers a safe, efficient and cost friendly alternative to opioids and other prescrption drugs. Big Pharma was right. Holistic medicine is a big threat. A threat to their cash-flow racket. And the less cash-flow, the less funds are available to finance “bribable” power-hungry politicians-lawmakers who will enact corruption-based laws and anti-science public policies

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