"without a doubt one of the most convincing arguments for the use of medical marijuana instead of prescription drugs is the lower risk of side effects, particularly compared with prescription painkillers and opioids. Known risks of prescription drugs that can be avoided by substituting medical marijuana include: Overdose, Addiction, Allergic/adverse reaction, Drug interactions and Organ damage."
Those are the words of Corey Gaiser, M.D. of New Body Aesthetic in Cincinnati, and echoed by countless other medical professionals for many years, even from within the conservative bastions of Oncology Depts. and the Veterans Administration.
Indeed, cannabis was first legalized in the U.S. largely because it was found to be the only both effective and safe medication for severe pediatric seizure cases. Up to 15,000 deaths annually from Aspirin and Ibuprofen alone, while its estimated 128,000 Americans die annually as a result of taking prescribed medications, exactly as prescribed. This is nearly five times the other number of people killed by overdosing on prescription pain killers and heroin.
According to a 2016 U.S. News article, prescription medications, for the most part taken as prescribed, were the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. We would note that pharma costs to the public are a predominant cost in a tax payer paid healthcare budget which exceeds the defense budget every year, and which delivers the 28th worst performing healthcare system in the world.
Cannabis medicines, in a whole plant format, made safely, have a historical record of zero safety incidents and a scientific impossibility of causing direct biological harm. This cannot be said entirely for cannabis isolates, or for plant medicine in general, but humans have a very long relationship with the Cannabis plant.
SKMS products have facilitated hundreds of successful opiate cessation cases, served as healthier substitutes for SSRIs and other head meds, which by experience, and according to British Medical Society and others, are incapable of not delivering a patient ultimately to worse condition. This is largely due to the common side effects of almost all pharmaceuticals- disengagement of the enteric nervous system following irritation of the digestive lining.
Feel free to reach out with dosage or other questions if you have a pursuit for a healthier substitute or a transition from generally harmful pharma to a healthier and more healing alternative.
Best Wishes on Your Health Journey!
Portland Maine Dec. 29, 2022