Obviously we talk a lot about medical marijuana here over at AlibiHQ. Especially when studies report that medical users find more relief in marijuana than in traditional pain killers and [chemical] medication.
It isn’t the first time that we are made aware of a study in which patients lowered their medication once they started using medical marijuana.
Now a new study observed almost 150 anxiety patients, all using traditional medication like Klonopin, Valium, Ativan, and Xanax — based on benzodiazepine.
After having using medical marijuana for 6 months, almost half of them had stopped using their previous anti-anxiety medication and even reported better results from medical marijuana.
The study, ordered by Canadian medical cannabis clinical network Aleafia Health, was careful in highlighting the positive results and made sure to emphasize that understanding of cannabis — and its benefits — still needs further research and people should not decide on their own to ditch their medication. But the option that cannabis could lead to alternatives and keep people away from more harming substances, is real.
“The opioid crisis gets a lot of air time, but people don't always realize that behind the [opioid] crisis is benzodiazepine addiction and overuse of antidepressants”
“By offering a safer alternative like cannabis, we can keep people away from addictive substances.”
— Dr. Michael Verboa - Chief Medical Officer of Alefia Health
To see such positivism backed by observational studies, and actual use, is positive in these times when the focus on cannabis is becoming ever bigger and there will always be more naysayers as well.
Obviously, with more news — and still poor understanding by many legislators as well as truthiness issues in awareness campaigns — the risk of yet another reefer madness campaign is just as real in this era of short and attention catching news.
While such studies will inspire more studies to follow, just as well as studies further trying to find causation — or not — for psychosis, as the heat will soon turn up for legalization of recreational use in many more countries, it is good to be able to refer to studies like these which actually have more value because they observed an actual change.
Something so fa no reefer madness psychosis claim can fall back on.
While it is easy to claim “fake news”, it is more often than not just a claim and one driven by our own belief and passion. Studies like these give us always more evidence, evidence which is more important than “being fans of our greens”.