Article by Chris Ogden, Lad Bible
Although certain states in America are making advancements when it comes to both recreational and medical marijuana – and the positive effects the drug can have on people ailing from certain diseases such as Alzheimers, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis – there are plenty of people still opposed to legalisation. Mainly out-of-touch politicians, but that’s not for us to comment, right?
But one of the most telling statistics for its benefits – and the positive impact of legalisation – is in the figures related to opioid use. For while opioids are legal, they’re also much more harmful than cannabis.
One study found that states with legalised medical marijuana had a 25 per cent lower rate of opioid overdoses than states without it.
And in another, researchers from three universities – the University of North Texas Health Science Center, the University of Florida and Emory University – charted the number of opioid-related deaths in Colorado from the beginning of 2000 to the end of 2015.
While investigating at deaths involving both pharmaceutical and nonpharmaceutical drugs, they discovered an upward trend until 2014, when deaths started to decrease.
What happened in 2014 that could have changed that? Well, in January of that year, people in Colorado were allowed to legally buy marijuana for recreational use, after which, the study discovered, opioid-related deaths declined by 6.5 per cent.