Marijuana Remains Off of Poison Control Center’s Radar
January 5th, 2015
Policy, Top News
Marijuana didn’t even appear once on the U.S. Poison Control Center’s new report published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. Ironically, prescription painkillers – specifically opioids – topped the list as the leading cause of poison-related deaths in the country. These completely legal drugs accounted for more than 80% of all poisonings, while cardiovascular and antidepressant medications also appeared on the list.
Advocates for cannabis have been arguing for years that marijuana may be a safer alternative to traditional pharmaceutical drugs for a number of indications. With its broad effects on the central nervous system through CB receptors, the drug can help with a wide variety of ailments, including the management of chronic pain. Some drug companies have been working on these types of drugs, but legalization has been a touchy issue.
The primary arguments against the use of marijuana have centered around addiction and harmful side-effects. In reality, opioids are widely considered to be more addictive and have caused a greater number of deaths throughout the U.S. from overdose. Cannabis could provide a safer (and cheaper) alternative to opioids for many patients suffering from chronic pain and related conditions associated with cancer, arthritis, and other diseases.
Cannabis could also be used in a variety of other indications, ranging from Alzheimer’s disease to mood disorders. While the THC component of marijuana is highly debated, the CBD component provides many of these benefits without producing the “high” that has caused a lot of concern. To date, the only legalized CBDs are produced using hemp oil, which has relatively low concentrations and other limitations when compared to the marijuana plant.
In the end, the U.S. Poison Control Center’s report further highlights how cannabis could be used to replace addictive and dangerous pharmaceuticals.
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