How Could a Medical Cannabis Program Help Tennessee?

One striking chart shows why pharmaceutical companies are fighting legal marijuana. This chart also shows how much medical cannabis helps the people in states with medical cannabis programs in place.

A new study provides clear evidence of a missing link in the causal chain running from medical marijuana to falling overdose rates.

(Click here for link to the study)

The study found that in the 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 a medical-marijuana law. The drops were quite significant: In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication.

But most strikingly, the typical physician in a medical-marijuana state prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year. This is certainly very important information for Tennessee, as it is currently gripped in an opioid epidemic.

A viable medical cannabis program in Tennessee would also help Tenncare save a significant amount of taxpayers money on prescription costs based on the savings of other states.

2 Responses to How Could a Medical Cannabis Program Help Tennessee?

  • Greetings: It’s true I think, cannabis seems to put pain and discomfort on the ‘back burner’, and other things become more important and command one’s attention first. But do researchers understand how cannabis works? I’m so amazed that the body’s cannabinoid system was not discovered until so recently, and not taught in medical schools. How is that possible? That cannabis is benign is apparent from the 1895 report done for the Indian and English governments, and also from the LaGuardia Report in NYC in the early 1930’s, that perceived no dangers inherent in cannabis. It is listed together with all other medicines in my copy of the 1899 Merck Manual, with no problems apparently encountered with it’s usage in all the years leading up to it’s prohibition in 1937…… Quite amazing…….

    Could it be true that the real reason cannabis is so disliked by governments is that it makes people less aggressive? That was the rumor we used to hear when I was younger, that ‘stoners’ were less likely to defend their country, that they were less aggressive….. Hmmmm ……..

  • Does anyone read these reports? It’s been two months since I wrote the above and not a single response? Our Tenn state government seems to be stumbling towards some minimal action, or maybe just waiting for a better offer. Why is it so difficult to vote this medicine into the service of mankind, as it was obviously intended?

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