Big Pharma Not Happy: 80% of Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Drugs

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Big Pharma must be getting seriously worried by the results of a recent survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC

The pharmaceutical (along with the alcohol) industry is a powerful influences in Washington and has long been lobbying against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

Natural Blaze reports:

However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis.

The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death.

The finding that cannabis was substituted for all three classes of substances suggests that the medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and may have implications for abstinence-based substance use treatment approaches. Further research should seek to differentiate between biomedical substitution for prescription pharmaceuticals and psychoactive drug substitution, and to elucidate the mechanisms behind both.

As The Free Thought Project has reported before, the U.S. is in the midst of a painkiller epidemic, with overdose deaths skyrocketing as Big Pharma has secured its grip on government and mainstream medicine. Opioid painkillers and heroin have driven overdose deaths to the point where they are now the leading cause of fatal injuries in the U.S. Alcohol is also killing Americans at a rate not seen in 35 years.

The results of this survey confirm that cannabis is the answer to all of these problems.

Americans for Safe Access has a comprehensive breakdown of conditions that cannabis can treat, and comparisons to prescription pills.

Chronic Pain
Gastrointestinal Disorders
Movement Disorders
Multiple Sclerosis

We are just beginning to confirm the benefits of cannabis on other conditions such as anxiety which is normally treated with pills such as Xanax, insomnia which is normally treated with pills such as Ambien, and antidepressants which are treated with pills such as Zoloft. All of these prescription drugs can cause debilitating addiction or severe side-effects.

Although the war on drugs put a stop to medical cannabis research for decades, in recent years we have seen a surge in studies being performed, as prohibition crumbles and the Schedule 1 classification of “no medical benefit” is exposed as a farce.



  • Twisted Crone

    In 2006 I underwent Emergency Cervical Surgery, replacing 2 vertebrae @ c4-c7. Saved from being a Quad, I still suffered some nerve damage and now live with Arachnoiditis w/ Myoclonic Dystonia! Over the last few years, I have weaned myself off of Many different prescriptions for everything from anti-seizure meds, pain (multiple), anti-depressants, sleep aids and even some to Counter side effects that were KILLING Me, even though my diagnoses is not fatal! I now use almost exclusively Cannabis! I use Edibles that help most with pain, Vaporizer for calming and sleep, creams and oils for topical applications and Smoke it to “Feel Good” and because I Also gave up Tobacco!

  • Danny Lamb

    I am one of those 80% i’m high as F*** but i no longer feel no pain.

  • Kathleen Redman

    Oh, so now we find out why they wanted to keep it against the law for so many years. Our govt. is overseeing marijuana fields in the middle east, and they probably are using it for medicinal reasons, but they sure don’t want it for the public. Watch them either try to shut it down or tax it so high the people can’t afford to get it unless the govt. gets a lot of the profit.

  • BryanKrumm
  • Jimmy Z Williams

    We just need for Congress to hold a ‘joint session’ and this problem will go away.

  • foodforthought

    No one should promote the canard that marijuana is dangerous, like pharmaceutical drugs. Or even that it is a ‘drug’, except in Merriam-Webster’s third and broadest definition, as something which alters the mind. By that definition, religion and television (‘the plug-in drug’) should also be included. In truth marijuana is a medicinal herb, cultivated, bred, and evolved in service to human beings over thousands of years.

    I’d say legalize it but don’t corporatize it. Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation, the farmer’s roadside stand, or small businesses. A little competition may actually benefit larger firms. One cannot patent a plant, only strains which one has created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those which enrich a few wealthy people who favor ‘limited prohibition’ in order to line their own pockets. And commercial crops are likely to be pesticide-rich, rather than grown organically.

    “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that had two enemies: the anti-war left and black people. We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting people to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, break up their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” –John Ehrlichman

    Prohibition of marijuana is a premise built on a tissue of lies: Concern For Public Safety. Our new laws save hundreds of lives every year, on our highways alone. In November of 2011, a study at the University of Colorado found that in the thirteen states that decriminalized marijuana between 1990 and 2009, traffic fatalities have dropped by nearly nine percent—now nearly ten percent in Michigan—more than the national average, while sales of beer went flat by five percent. No wonder Big Alcohol opposes it. Ambitious, unprincipled, profit-driven undertakers might be tempted too.

    In 2012 a study released by 4AutoinsuranceQuote revealed that marijuana users are safer drivers than non-marijuana users, as “the only significant effect that marijuana has on operating a motor vehicle is slower driving”, which “is arguably a positive thing”. Despite occasional accidents, eagerly reported by police-blotter ‘journalists’ as ‘marijuana-related’, a mix of substances was often involved. Alcohol, most likely, and/or prescription drugs, nicotine, caffeine, meth, cocaine, heroin, and a trace of the marijuana passed at a party ten days ago. However, on the whole, as revealed in big-time, insurance-industry stats, within the broad swath of mature, experienced consumers, slower and more cautious driving shows up in significant numbers. A recent Federal study has reached the same conclusion. And legalization should improve those numbers further.

    No one has ever died from an overdose of marijuana. It’s the most benign ‘substance’ in history. Most people—and particularly patients who medicate with marijuana–use it in place of prescription drugs or alcohol.

    Marijuana has many benefits, most of which are under-reported or never mentioned in American newspapers. Research at the University of Saskatchewan indicates that, unlike alcohol, cocaine, heroin, or Nancy (“Just say, ‘No!’”) Reagan’s beloved nicotine, marijuana is a neuroprotectant that actually encourages brain-cell growth. Researchers in Spain (the Guzman study) and other countries have discovered that it also has tumor-shrinking, anti-carcinogenic properties. These were confirmed by the 30-year Tashkin population study at UCLA.

    Drugs are man-made, cooked up in labs, for the sake of patents and the profits gained by them. Often useful, but typically burdened with cautionary notes and lists of side effects as long as one’s arm. ‘The works of Man are flawed.’

    Marijuana is a medicinal herb, the most benign and versatile in history. “Cannabis” in Latin, and “kanah bosm” in the old Hebrew scrolls, quite literally the Biblical Tree of Life, used by early Christians to treat everything from skin diseases to deep pain and despair. Why despair? Consider the current medical term for cannabis sativa: a “mood elevator”. . . as opposed to antidepressants, which ‘flatten out’ emotions, leaving patients numb to both depression and joy.

    The very name, “Christ” translates as “the anointed one”. Well then, anointed with what? It’s a fair question. And it wasn’t holy water, friends. Holy water came into wide use in the Middle Ages. In Biblical times, it was used by a few tribes of Greek pagans. And Christ was neither Greek nor pagan.

    Medicinal oil, for the Prince of Peace. A formula from the Biblical era has been rediscovered. It specifies a strong dose of oil from kanah bosom, ‘the fragrant cane’ of a dozen uses: ink, paper, rope, nutrition. . . . It was clothing on their backs and incense in their temples. And a ‘skinful’ of medicinal oil could certainly calm one’s nerves, imparting a sense of benevolence and connection with all living things. No wonder that the ‘anointed one’ could gain a spark, an insight, a sense of the divine, and the confidence to convey those feelings to friends and neighbors.

    I am appalled at the number of ‘Christian’ politicians, prosecutors, and police who pose on church steps or kneeling in prayer on their campaign trails, but cannot or will not face the scientific or the historical truths about cannabis, Medicinal Herb Number One, safe and effective for thousands of years, and celebrated as sacraments by most of the world’s major religions.

  • Sandi Hornsby White

    Times Up! Cat’s Out of the Bag Cannabis Marijuana heals cancer and many other disorders and diseases. Duped by DuPont and Rockefeller to gain control of synthetic fiber and pharmaceutical drug market. Our Government knew in 1964 and 1974 that Cannabis heals cancer and brain cancer, but kept this info from the American people and made certain it remained on the Schedule One Drug List. And why the FDA, CIA, and the FBI are killing Holistic Health Practitioners and Natural Doctors doing drug free research on cancer and anti vaxxers. The Medical Mafia controls the USA.

    • dlandrews

      You are not kidding. I will not give to any agency raising money for a “cure for cancer”, because the powers that be do not want one. A cure was found many years ago and no one wants to hear it. I also use Mannatech products and have seen what the state and Big Pharma can do to a company and to doctors who “don’t prescribe enough medications”. It is very sinister and to know more check out, “The Truth About Cancer” series.

  • Lynn-no-duh

    Then we have New Approach (a name that NORML and Show Me Cannabis are hiding behind) that is trying to Constitutionally protect Big Pharma. Their “medical marijuana” ballot measure proposes at least 75% of prescriptions must be for pharmaceuticals other than cannabis – regardless of whether cannabis would be the best alternative.
    New Approach Missouri’s Medical “Marijuana” ballot initiative is a BIG Government, Big Pharma, BIG MISTAKE for Missouri!

  • Christopher Vaughn

    this isn’t just about the “get high” kind, the CBD oil made from industrial hemp has next to no THC in it. It is the CBD that causes the benefits in health. I would urge those with chronic conditions to check this stuff out. It is legal to buy in USA as a supplement and you need to get 300 mg or more in the strength of oil not sure about the vaping kind I use liquid. 25 mg a day is a good starting dosage which is one dropper in AM one in PM of a 300 mg.