Medical marijuana is advertised as effectively treating many ailments and conditions, including pain. In fact, many who were once hooked on pain pills now take medical marijuana to receive the same pain relief.
The chemicals in marijuana are commonly known as cannabinoids. The compounds have been shown to significantly relieve pain by “connecting to the pain receptors in the central nervous system.” These compounds are so effective that they can even be a better treatment option than traditional painkillers, like opiates.
Medical marijuana is so good at relieving pain that opiate use is on the decline in states where medical marijuana is legal. Newsweek reported that overdose deaths from painkiller opioids have tripled since 1991, with 46% of people dying every day from overdoses.
These days, the states that legalized medical marijuana between 1999 and 2010 have seen 25% fewer people die from opioid overdoses every year. This shift in data is striking, and only one thing can explain why these states have a decreased opioid overdose problem–marijuana.
For those suffering from chronic pain, living in a medical marijuana state may provide you more pain treatment options than just traditional opioid painkillers. Many patients are able to use medical marijuana instead of painkillers, and many others use marijuana to supplement painkillers, requiring they take a lower dosage that is less likely to lead to possibly fatal issues.
Every day new stories pop up about medical marijuana and how it saves lives.
When it comes to pain treatment, one of the most recent stories comes from Jim McMahon, a former Bears quarterback. Jim suffers from chronic pain, severe headaches, depression and early-onset dementia, among other debilitating problems. To combat the chronic pain, he was on a long-term diet of painkillers. Now, Jim only uses medical marijuana to help with the pain. He describes marijuana as a safer and more effective remedy, and he is sharing his story and support of marijuana with the world. See his video below to hear what he has to say about painkillers and marijuana use.
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