| Posted on Wed, January, 21st 2015 by THCFinder
Medical marijuana has been shown to be an effective substitute for treating things such as opioid addiction and even preventing overdoses. With more and more of this incidents happening every day, looking in to medical marijuana for a preventative measure is important. In Massachusetts, heroin overdoses have soared and the state is basically going to serve as a testing ground for the medical marijuana treatment.
Before it was declared illegal, marijuana was used to treat a number of mental health illnesses, including depression. There are numerous studies saying that the plant is therapeutic and benefits those that are suffering. Since the plant also helps to treat nausea, prevent weight loss, alleviate chronic pain symptoms, and assist in preventing symptoms of neurological diseases, some scientists think that the medical possibilities of cannabis are endless, including the treatment and cure of cancer.
In Massachusetts, the leading cause of death among the homeless has shifted from AIDs complications to drug overdoses, with opiates involved in 81% of the deaths recorded. This is a hugely alarming rate, as the city recently expanded clinical services for the homeless. As of right now, the only way to fight this issue is to prescribe Methadone, which has an extremely narrow therapeutic index. What this means is that there’s only a small margin between what is safe to consume and what will kill the person taking it. Marijuana, on the other hand, has one of the widest therapeutic ratios of all drugs.
A recent study released compared states with legalization and those without. The study found a substantial decrease in opioid overdose in the states that enacted medical marijuana laws. The conclusion of the study state that the researchers though that medical marijuana should be part of a policy aimed at preventing opioid overdose. Research also shows that cannabis is a form of self treatment, where people will choose to use cannabis instead of alcohol, opiates, and other illegal substances. This is another reason that researchers are calling for marijuana to be tested as a substitute for other, more harmful substances.
Studies in the Netherlands also found that using marijuana in the Amsterdam coffee houses encouraged people to stop using harder drugs. Additionally, the studies found that when young people used marijuana in a more controlled coffeehouse rather than a poly drug using environment, they learned to use the plant more responsibly without feeling like combining it with other drugs. In short, people learned to use the plant like adults, rather than having to sneak around with it.