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Legal cannabis lowers demand for prescription drugs: study

Apr 25, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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The prescription drugs that experienced the biggest change in demand include those that target pain, depression, anxiety, sleep and psychosis.

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Legal marijuana has been found to have a significant impact on prescription drug use, which shouldn’t come a as a surprise when one considers reports of it being used to ease pain and other ailments.

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“These results have important implications,” suggested study author Shyam Raman. “The reductions in drug utilization that we find could lead to significant cost savings for state Medicaid programs. The results also indicate an opportunity to reduce the harm that can come with the dangerous side effects associated with some prescription drugs,” Raman added.

More research is needed on this topic, but marijuana’s promise to curb prescription drug use has long been a source of interest for proponents of the drug.

Some of them theorize that cannabis offers an opening and represents a more natural approach to treating a variety of conditions, thereby helping to eliminate some negative side effects associated with other medications.

Currently, 37 U.S. states have medical marijuana programs in place, while 18 allow for recreational marijuana.

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