- On August 31, 2016
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The recent rise of medical marijuana use in the United States has actually caused a significant decrease in the amount of people using prescription drugs for medical conditions. While prescription drug prices continue to climb, the cost of marijuana stays steady and much more affordable.
Older Americans are the segment of the population who purchase the most prescription drugs and they are also the fastest-growing demographic of marijuana users. Seniors are simply looking for an alternative to mainstream medicines.
Research shows that in states where medical marijuana is legal, Medicare prescriptions have seen a steady decline. Medicare users are turning to medical marijuana to treat symptoms such as chronic pain, anxiety, depression, and even insomnia. Marijuana is also being used as a substitute for drugs such as opioid painkillers and antidepressants.
In states where medical marijuana is legal, there were fewer prescriptions written for drugs used to treat gastrointestinal problems, PTSD, migraines, low appetite, nerve pain and more. All of these conditions can be treated with marijuana.
Medical cannabis is clearly competition to the pharmaceutical industry because the cannabis plant can replace a wide variety of synthetic drugs – especially those used for mood and anxiety disorders.
A study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review recently found that of those surveyed, many are now substituting prescription medication, alcohol, and illicit drugs with marijuana. Of the nearly 500 adult marijuana users surveyed, 86 percent reported they have given up one or more substances for marijuana, while 81 percent reported they have given up a prescription drug and replaced it with medical marijuana.
Medical marijuana saved Medicare over $160 million in 2013 and researchers estimate it could save Medicare nearly $500 million a year if medical marijuana was legalized nationwide.
Experts say that while prescription drug prices continue to rise, and will continue to rise in the future, there is a limit to the high-end of prices for medical marijuana.
Unlike many prescription drugs, such as opioids, overdoses of marijuana are not fatal. There are side effects and safety issues related to marijuana, but nothing as severe as the side effects of prescription medications.
We, at LiveGreen, know cannabis contributes to better health and better overall well-being. For years, the healing powers of marijuana have been used to benefit a number of Americans, and we’re so excited it is becoming more prevalent across the United States.
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