Article by Monterey Budd, Marijuana.com
While the marijuana industry witnessed its share of industrial growth mixed with political chaos over the past 12 months, it also produced some noteworthy research on the plant’s mysterious compounds. As the global community collectively prepares to say goodbye to 2017 late Sunday evening, and welcome the New Year early Monday morning, we’ve scoured the numerous studies reported on during 2017 and have provided the following 10 marijuana studies for your reading pleasure.
A stellar year for cannabis-related research, the below list is a compilation of Marijuana.com’s top 10 studies published in 2017.
America has a serious problem with prescription pain medication (read: OxyContin and Vicodin), and it kills approximately 46 people every day from overdose. But according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, those states with legalized medical marijuana dispensaries have witnessed a dramatic reduction in their opiate-related death rates. The research found that by providing broader access to medical marijuana, states could potentially reduce the abuse of highly addictive painkillers, thereby dramatically reducing their opioid-related death rates.
A 2017 study published by the University of Indiana indicates that medicinal cannabis, if legalized nationally, could save 47,500 American lives annually. The study noted, “cannabis use appears to prevent approximately 17,400 to 38,500 premature deaths annually.”
Far from a gateway drug, marijuana helps today’s senior citizens exit the vicious cycle of pharmaceuticals and addiction. Although marijuana was once considered a dangerous recreational drug by many senior citizens, today’s elderly are among the fastest growing demographic within the cannabis industry. A recent analysis by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found “The prevalence of past-year cannabis use among adults aged ≥ 50 increased significantly from 2006/07 to 2012/13, with a 57.8% relative increase for adults aged 50–64 (linear trend P < 0.001) and a 250% relative increase for those aged ≥ 65.”
THCA (Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol), the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in marijuana, has demonstrated its potent neuroprotective ability in a 2017 study. Published in November in the British Journal of Pharmacology, the Spanish study conducted at Instituto Maimónides de Investigación Biomédica de Córdoba, found Δ9-THCA is a worthy treatment option for those suffering from debilitating neurodegenerative diseases.