Having suffered from chronic pain for many years, and while wanting relief, I’ve been concerned with the bad track heavy opoiod use has in our country. I’ve been reading a bit about marijuana – and how it seems to be helping a number of people who suffer from similar types of pain. Of course this was largely anecdotal, and driven by groups with an agenda to make marijuana legal. So, while interested by the possibility – agendas are driven by motivations and results are often reported to meet such agendas.
The Washington post has a great story about why pharma companies are actually some of the biggest funding resources behind the anti-pot movement. It is not about public health, but really appears to be their bottom line.
It’s been found that 17 states with a medical-marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply compared with states that did not have comparable laws.
“The results suggest people are really using marijuana as medicine and not just using it for recreational purposes.”