Big Pharma Panics as Medical Marijuana Users Quit Prescription Drugs

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Medical marijuana users begin ditching Big Pharma drugs

As more and more U.S. states create laws lifting the prohibition of cannabis, medical marijuana users are ditching their prescription drugs in droves. 

According to data released in a report published by the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, there has been a mass exodus in the use of prescription drugs in states where marijuana is legal. reports: The research underscores the need for an “evidence-based approach” to the benefits of cannabis, rather than its criminalization and the advocacy of antiquated public health approaches calling for abstinence.

Researchers surveyed 450 adults who currently use cannabis at a cannabis law reform event in Michigan, where the plant became legal for medical purposes in 2008.

According to the study authored by Daniel Kruger of the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research and co-author Jessica Kruger of University of Buffalo, 44 percent of the medical cannabis users interviewed abandoned their usage of a pharmaceutical drug, cut back on its use, or both, and have instead opted for the sticky green herb and its numerous derivative products such as waxes, vaporizers, and medicated food products.

Out of those surveyed, 392 users reported that they use cannabis to help treat their health conditions. These users also indicated that they trust medical cannabis far more than mainstream health care including pharmaceutical drugs, especially due to its effectiveness, lack of adverse effects, cost and availability.

Cannabis has been used medicinally by humans for over 5,000 years, and in recent decades has enjoyed increasing acceptance by mainstream society and the medical community alike for its ability to treat an array of health conditions including chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, headaches, menstrual cramps, narcotic addiction, appetite loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, HIV-AIDS, cancer and other problems, according to the study.

In 1996, California became the first state to legalize cannabis for medical use, and over than 30 states have since done the same. Ten states along with Washington, D.C. have freed the herb almost entirely, allowing adults over 21 to partake in the recreational use of cannabis. Cannabis remains illegal under U.S. federal law.

The researchers noted that those “with legitimized medical access obtained a greater proportion of their cannabis from official dispensaries, where the potential for systematic regulation and knowledge of chemical content and psychoactive effects for cannabis products is higher than on the black market.”

Most cannabis products available through dispensaries clearly label the cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) contents of goods sold, giving consumers a clear picture of the two cannabinoids that are most prevalent in medical and recreational cannabis products. Product labels also make clear whether the products are derived from Indica, Sativa or Hybrid cannabis plants, which each have unique physiological effects on users.

Civil liberties advocates have greeted legalization as a crucial pillar of criminal justice reform that has helped reduce the disproportionate incarceration of mainly black and brown people who faced hefty sentences for cannabis-related offenses, while legislators and the private industry have been pleased by the economic stimulus provided by the burgeoning marijuana industry.

A recent poll by the Pew Research Center also found that 62 percent of U.S. residents, including 74 percent of millennials, favor an end to the prohibition of cannabis.


  1. Big pharma is going down. The truth about this evil satanic cabal is spreading world wide. Everything pharma makes is poison and is designed to harm, kill and alter DNA. It’s been a total deception from the beginning and they even got us to pay to poison ourselves.

  2. Making ^ people (including Children) develop Deadly & Debilitating illnesses (including Cancers). That can be prevented by daily (Recreational) ingestion of Decarboxylated Marijuana. Should be a Crime.

  3. This is happening the world over. Which support from organisations like WHO, majority of the public support cannabis derived treatments. How long until access for all legally? #cannabismovement

  4. That’s right and correct! Medical Marijuana is not prescribed, it’s taken by a simple word-of-mouth.

  5. I’m a 61-year-old IT professional and use Medical Cannabis. I sit at a desk in front of a computer all day. I don’t medicate before or during work. I take a small amount in the evening before bed to help reduce pain and allow me to sleep soundly.

    Hawaiian Electric recently fired me because I am a legal Medical Cannabis patient. Polls shows 90 percent of Americans support the use of this medicine. Some claim Hawai’i is one of the most liberal and progressive states. Unfortunately, it’s backward on cannabis. These companies push employees into dangerous BigPhRMA drugs.

    A traditional medical doctor wrote my prescription. An advanced nurse practitioner observers, tests and monitors me annually. My PCP supports my use of this medication. The surgeon who will perform my next operation supports my use. I’ve suffered numerous injuries and need a couple more surgeries.

    A women can take the life of a developing child and this is considered PRIVATE between her and her doctor. I can’t take a natural pain reliever without losing my job!

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