THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC
A new research study published in the American Journal of Public Health determined that: "Overall, after controlling for both medical marijuana and the prescription-drug-monitoring change. . . after Colorado implemented its recreational marijuana law, opioid deaths fell by 6.5 percent in the following two years."
"Colorado’s legalization of recreational cannabis sales and use resulted in a 0.7 deaths per month reduction in opioid-related deaths. This reduction represents a reversal of the upward trend in opioid-related deaths in Colorado."
The authors of the study stress that these findings are preliminary, given that it's only based on two years of data. But with such promising results, we think it's worth feeling excited about.
Since 2000, the rate of overdose deaths has increased by more than 200%. In the 2010's, drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing even motor vehicle accidents.
Opioids are implicated in 61% of overdose deaths in the United States each year.
The cannabis family of plants has never, in the long history of use, caused an overdose. Cannabis products are often highly effective with certain types of chronic pain. Given the choice between cannabis and opiates, many patients in Colorado appear to be opting for the natural solution. It provides relief from pain, and given the current scourge of the opioid epidemic — it might be saving their lives too.
Recently, Dr. Mehmet Oz blasted the "hypocrisy around medical marijuana," on Fox News, saying it could be "the exit drug" — not a gateway drug — to get the country out of the opioid crisis. Meanwhile, the various narcotic killers in the U.S. containing hydrocodone — along with cocaine — are Schedule II drugs.
As always, we remind you that hemp CBD IS NOT marijuana! Therefore you don't get "high" but you still receive the therapeutic benefits associated with this family of plants. The hemp plant is a nutritious staple and provides a number of therapeutic properties.
Many problems in our society have become complicated beyond recognition. Colorado is moving in the direction of simplicity and fairness, rationality, humaneness, and compassion. Now, the data seems to show that what Colorado is doing helps to revolutionize the way this country is thinking about health.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Tyler Hatch is a writer from Salt Lake City, UT. His publications range from art journals to indie newspapers, and web content for several companies, including a Fortune 500 tech firm. A long-time friend of the Hemplucid founders, it was after a series of impactful family medical events that he began writing for the company in the Spring of 2017.
After the devastating loss of a loved one to the opiate epidemic, Tyler got serious about making energetic progress toward a better life and a better world.