Imagine, if you will, that you’re a physician with chronic pain patients in your practice. Next, imagine you live in one of the 29 states (plus Washington, DC) which today places more weight on established science than on never true 1930s or even 1970’s stereotypes and so makes safe, legal access to medicinal cannabis available to patients.
Finally, imagine you have the choice between prescribing either cannabis or opioid medicines, and that the latest research is consistently showing one of your choices is a) much safer in terms of abuse/overdose potential, b) has many fewer unpleasant, noxious side effects and adverse reactions (mental and physical), and c) works at least as well as the other in a majority of cases.
So, bottom line and no trick question, if your patients ALSO tend to prefer it over the more dangerous and expensive alternative, which of the two are you mostly going to prescribe?
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, already knowing the existing evidence showing the effectiveness of medical cannabis, set out to study which medications pain patients themselves prefer… ….and the answer turns out to be that patients resoundingly – by over 90%! – prefer cannabis over opioids…
…further, when allowed their choice, not only are patients better off, but society also benefits in terms of fewer overdose incidents and less addiction (with all of its negative effects and social costs on not only on individuals, but also on families and communities in general).
Imagine that, and also color TRUCE not surprised at these crystal clear findings.
And now, with the introduction of the Utah Medical Cannabis Ballot Initiative, YOU as Utah’s citizens are going to get the opportunity to give Utah’s physicians and patients that choice.
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See full article – Survey: Pain patients overwhelmingly prefer medical marijuana over opioids