In our fight to legalize medical cannabis and save thousands of lives annually, we often hear "There's not enough research." Unfortunately, while this is a prevalent attitude and thought, it's simply not true. The science of medical cannabis has been continuously researched for decades, with reams of data being generated as to the safety and efficacy of this plant, yet the data is buried or ignored. Here, we present a few of the most relevant data points about medical cannabis and the potential it holds.
Mental health is arguably the most vital component of any long-term care plan, as it affects every aspect of your life. Research definitively indicates the potential for medical cannabis as an alternative to the dangerous and addictive drugs prescribed to mental health patients of all walks of life, whether veteran or civilian.
We emphasize that medical cannabis in conjunction with therapy is far more effective than any other treatment currently on the market for a host of mental health disorders, and these disorders are both real and deadly.
The science is clear: the first year a medical cannabis program is implemented on a state level, there is a 20% reduction in opiate overdoses, and the factor strengthens every year to a staggering 33% reduction by the fourth year a program is in place.
Missouri lost 1,100 citizens to opiates in 2016; the first year a strong medical cannabis program is implemented, we could save more lives than we lost in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars combined.
It's time to stop arguing about programs that may or may not work, and implement a program that saves lives.
Even the National Academy of Sciences realizes the efficacy of medical cannabis for certain treatments. Study after study shows medical cannabis being far more effective for symptom relief, pain control, and quality of life medications than most of the long-term medications currently being utilized.