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.

3 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?

    • Greetings once again, I see that some progress is being made, although to think Tennessee will ever sanction anything other than the Christian religion is doubtful. Which is a whole ‘nuther can of worms’ to my mind so we’ll drop it right now. I was hopeful I could become part of a study of those who have consumed box car loads of cannabis in their lifetimes but that is not how the system works apparently. I saw that they don’t study people over 70 years old, and I think that is because we have so many other problems. No matter…… we’ll stumble towards reality somehow. The studies I see, mostly referred to in the International Association of Cannabinoid Medicines, are positive in many respects, such as those that show that when cannabis is prescribed other medicine usage is reduced, in particular the opioids and other pain medicines, as are marital squabbles and child abuse. All pretty positive stuff, but if Tn can’t get its act together by next year I’ll move to Colorado or some legal state. Old people I’ll bet have on average a couple of conditions that would require and/or benefit from medical cannabis, as has been learned already in Holland.

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