Patients Ditch Their Traditional Medication In Favor of Cannabis Patients Ditch Their Traditional Medication In Favor of Cannabis

23 Oct , 2019

Many patients are ditching traditional prescriptions such as pain killers and switching to medical cannabis instead.

Prescription drugs ranging from anti-depressants, opioids or stimulants are generally known to be highly addictive and capable of causing severe harm to the heart, brain, and liver with repeated use. Consequently, if patients abuse prescription drugs, it can ultimately prove to be life-threatening.

Now, the concern over the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse has led medical institutions and professionals to reconsider what patients are prescribed. With an increasing number of regions where cannabis is legalized for medical purposes, more and more patients are beginning to use cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications.

This reflects how rapidly the user base is growing as more people turn to cannabis as a medical alternative. Moreover, the global user base is projected to continually grow as well as more countries begin to implement medical cannabis programs. 

Although cannabis usage is growing a global presence, the US is the primary factor for its growth and popularity. The U.S. alone accounts for a majority of the global market share and is expected to continue its dominance even though cannabis is still federally illegal within the U.S. Nevertheless, the U.S. Federal government has previously granted individual states the authority to legalize cannabis, or keep its illegal status based on their own discretion.

As a result, 46 states allow some form of cannabis use, though the majority currently only allow medical THC prescriptions or over-the-counter CBD use, which itself is often used medically. Additionally, advocates are citing recent research and the development of CBD-based products, rallying to reclassify CBD from the broader cannabis classification. As a result of the strong demand for CBD legalization, many government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), have been forced to reconsider CBD and its status.

Perteet Spencer, a Principal in the Brand Growth Solutions division at SPINS, said: “Some of those ingredients are getting re-looked at through a different lens. It becomes a little less taboo.”

“You’re seeing massive legislative shifts that are going make a lot of things that were once completely off-limits a little more acceptable.”

What are your thoughts on the cannabis laws where you live? Tell us below!

Many patients are ditching traditional prescriptions such as pain killers and switching to medical cannabis instead.

Prescription drugs ranging from anti-depressants, opioids or stimulants are generally known to be highly addictive and capable of causing severe harm to the heart, brain, and liver with repeated use. Consequently, if patients abuse prescription drugs, it can ultimately prove to be life-threatening.

Now, the concern over the growing epidemic of prescription drug abuse has led medical institutions and professionals to reconsider what patients are prescribed. With an increasing number of regions where cannabis is legalized for medical purposes, more and more patients are beginning to use cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical medications.

This reflects how rapidly the user base is growing as more people turn to cannabis as a medical alternative. Moreover, the global user base is projected to continually grow as well as more countries begin to implement medical cannabis programs. 

Although cannabis usage is growing a global presence, the US is the primary factor for its growth and popularity. The U.S. alone accounts for a majority of the global market share and is expected to continue its dominance even though cannabis is still federally illegal within the U.S. Nevertheless, the U.S. Federal government has previously granted individual states the authority to legalize cannabis, or keep its illegal status based on their own discretion.

As a result, 46 states allow some form of cannabis use, though the majority currently only allow medical THC prescriptions or over-the-counter CBD use, which itself is often used medically. Additionally, advocates are citing recent research and the development of CBD-based products, rallying to reclassify CBD from the broader cannabis classification. As a result of the strong demand for CBD legalization, many government agencies such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), have been forced to reconsider CBD and its status.

Perteet Spencer, a Principal in the Brand Growth Solutions division at SPINS, said: “Some of those ingredients are getting re-looked at through a different lens. It becomes a little less taboo.”

“You’re seeing massive legislative shifts that are going make a lot of things that were once completely off-limits a little more acceptable.”

What are your thoughts on the cannabis laws where you live? Tell us below!

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