Study: Cannabis Most Used As Substitute For Prescription Drugs

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Study: Cannabis Most Used As Substitute For Prescription Drugs

Medical cannabis is on the rise: many who have previously relied on prescription drugs are now turning to pot - and stick to it.

Medical cannabis is on the rise: many who have previously relied on prescription drugs are now turning to pot - and stick to it.

One of the major drawbacks many people on prescription drugs complain about, are the side effects. Many find that some of these drugs leave them drowsy, slow witted and sometimes unable to function at a normal level – practically turning them into a shambling zombie. I can account for this first-hand, after watching my father transform into one of the undead during a course of drugs he took to treat chronic head pain. This is not to say prescription drugs are not effective. They are, and they do what they are meant to do, it’s just that the unwanted side effects can be unpleasant.

Well, according to a recent study conducted in Canada, and published on Informa Healthcare, medical cannabis is now largely being used as a substitute. The study surveyed medical users about their habits and reasoning. Of all that participated, 41 percent described using marijuana as a substitute for alcohol, 36.1 percent said they mainly used it as a substitute for illegal drugs, and a whopping 67.8 percent reported they used it as an alternative to a prescription drug.

The reasoning behind the switch to cannabis was described as following: 67.7 percent of participants said that fewer withdrawals were a factor, and 60.4 percent stated cannabis had fewer side-effects and symptom management. It suggests that those searching for a better answer to their ailments are recognising the potential of cannabis, and view it as a safer and more practical alternative. Let us hope that cannabis will be available freely for those in need - and those who enjoy its preventative and recreational effect alike.