Medical marijuana is a trending term in 2017 with many states legalizing the plant for recreational and medical purposes, it wasn’t long ago that even the thought of a marijuana user carried connotations of drug abuse and addiction. Now we’re starting to understand the many benefits of this wonderful plant and integrate it into our established medical fields. Marijuana has proven benefits such as pain relief, decreased anxiety, and the ability to stop epileptic seizures and enhance appetite. It’s even been proven to stop the spread of cancers! This is just a short list on the many uses of marijuana. Let’s take a look at some of the studies that have been going on in 2017.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana Reduced Opioid Related Hospitalizations
In a study done at the University of California, researchers concluded that the introduction of medical marijuana related policies had a direct impact on the number of opioid related hospitalizations seen. The reason for this correlation wasn’t expressed specifically, but could be due to giving the patients an alternative to their opioid based medication. [Read more…]