While cannabis has been proven to be medically beneficial in a number of ways, the most recent advantage to emerge is in the looming fight against prescription pill abuse. There have been a handful of studies that show marijuana is a viable treatment for opioid addicts, so much so that it’s even convinced the most conservative states to spearhead medical reform.
Recent findings also show that cannabis has value by replacing other highly addictive prescription pills such as popular benzodiazepine tranquilizers. Canabo Medical Inc., the largest owner of medical marijuana referral clinics in Canada, has partnered with external medical researchers to study the positive effects that pot use has on anxiety and pain patients.
The study found that within 90 days of being prescribed medical marijuana, 40 percent of these patients stopped using benzodiazepines completely. That number rose even higher to 45 percent for those using cannabis after one year. According to Dr. Neil Smith, the executive chairman of Canabo, the tremendous results were “extremely promising.”
“When conducting this type of research, experts are typically encouraged by an efficacy rate…