Can You Replace Your Prescription Medicines With Cannabis?
Take a look at your medicine cabinet, and I wouldn’t be surprised if you have several bottles of prescription medications there. Studies show that 7 out of 10 Americans take at least one kind of prescription medication.
If you are using prescription drugs for treating specific kinds of conditions, you can benefit from substituting some or even all of them with cannabis.
Cannabis has been proven many times over to be a safe and effective treatment for different kinds of pain, and is thus a viable alternative to harmful and oftentimes deadly opioids especially in managing chronic pain. Cannabis use is recommended for those who want to give up prescription painkillers to live a healthier lifestyle and to reduce the risk of overdosing and addiction.
Additionally, medications for epilepsy only work in 70% of the cases. Many US states have already approved epilepsy as a qualifying condition for cannabis, both for children and adults. More studies are also proving that even in adult cases, CBD-based treatments are much more effective in treating seizures compared to conventional medications and have none of the harmful side effects. Aside from the anecdotal evidence, there are also the studies to prove it. In 2015, a study analyzed the effects of CBD in treating seizures occurring in 162 epileptic children as well as young adults ranging from 1-30 years old. They found that CBD “might reduce seizure frequency and might have an adequate safety profile in children and young adults with highly treatment-resistant epilepsy.”
A 2012 German study also supports this claim; 39 patients with schizophrenia who had be confined in a hospital due to psychotic episodes were studied. 20 of the patients were administered with CBD. According to Daniele Piomelli, co-author of the study, “Not only was CBD as effective as standard antipsychotics, but it was also essentially free of the typical side effects seen with antipsychotic drugs.”
In 1973, a study revealed that THC was effective in increasing the onset of sleep while reducing interruptions. Another study in 1981 concluded that CBD was beneficial in increasing the duration of sleep. These are only a few of the many studies proving the efficacy of cannabis in promoting restful sleep.
Anxiety is one of the most common mental disorders that is effectively treated with cannabis. There are several studies that prove this, which is why it isn’t surprising to see more Americans replacing anti-anxiety medications with cannabis.
These are just the top 5 medications frequently used by Americans, which can safely be replaced with cannabis. It isn’t only safer, but is also much cheaper than the cost of pharmaceutical medications.
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