Thursday, May 3, 2018

Holy contradiction Batman! Doctors coming to realization that Pot is more of an Exit drug than a Gateway one

Drug: a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body.

The above definition for any substance that induces a physiological effect on an individual, plant, or animal can either come from something that occurs in nature, or is created in a laboratory.  However both the legal and moral designation of a given substance is often tied not to science, but rather to the political or social whims of a government and peoples.

Over the past seven to ten years the American people have been going through both a crisis and a paradigm shift when it comes to drugs.  On the one hand, the massive influx of illegal heroin substances since the War in Afghanistan coupled with the medical industry providing extremely powerful opioid drugs to tens of millions has seen an epidemic erupt that President Trump has called a National Emergency which must be addressed.  Yet on the other hand, both states and society have changed their minds on the dangers of cannabis and marijuana, and have begun legalizing it across the country for both medicinal and recreational use.

This dichotomy between the two substances (heroin and cannabis) appears to be forcing the medical industry to re-evaluate the true nature and dangers of both drugs.  And in a very interesting study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association on April 2, it appears that the long-standing belief (or propaganda) that marijuana is a Gateway drug to much harder substances is actually incorrect since research is now showing that cannabis can act as an Exit drug to help those addicted to opioids come off their addictions.

Marijuana has long been labeled a “gateway drug,” or one that leads unsuspecting, casual users to a life strung out on hard drugs. 
What if, instead, it’s an “exit drug?” 
A body of research is growing that shows when states allow cannabis, doctors prescribe fewer opioids. Experts discussed the topic Wednesday, the final day of the Cannabis Learn Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. 
In states that allow it for medical use, which Pennsylvania just started doing, implementation of a medical marijuana program was associated with a nearly 6 percent drop in opioid prescriptions, according to a study published April 2 by the Journal of the American Medical Association. 
The effect was slightly greater in states where it’s legal to use recreationally, the study shows. – The Times Tribune


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