As medical marijuana becomes a more common practice across the country, doctors and scientists are noticing a significant trend: opioid use is decreasing in places where marijuana is legal. This is according to multiple research studies focused on the potential of medical marijuana to replace dangerous and addictive opioids.
One of the study’s authors explained, “If you’re interested in giving people options for pain management that don’t bring the particular risks that opiates do, states should contemplate [medical cannabis].”
Why Should Medical Marijuana Replace Painkillers?
Millions of Americans live in chronic and debilitating pain every single day. From migraines and joint discomfort to severe back pain, these 100 million adults are currently targeted by the pharmaceutical companies that produce Vicodin and Oxycontin. However, given that opioids contribute to tens of thousands of deaths each year and lead to addiction, medical marijuana offers a way to fight the epidemic and alleviate pain effectively.