Marijuana is used as a substitute to more harmful drugs, study claims
A recently released study is claiming that over 75% of people who consume cannabis in a medicinal capacity do so in order to stop consuming harmful drugs such as alcohol, prescription medicine, or some other illicit substance.
Researchers conducted the study on participants in British Columbia, surveying 404 medicinal cannabis patients. They found that over 41% stated that they use cannabis as a substitute for alcohol while 36.1% substitute marijuana in place of illicit drugs.
Over 68% of respondents reported consuming cannabis in place of prescription medicine.
The three main reasons cited for cannabis-related substitution are “less withdrawal” (67.7%), “fewer side-effects” (60.4%), and “better symptom management” suggesting that many patients may have already identified cannabis as an effective and potentially safer adjunct or alternative to their prescription drug regimen.
The aim of this study was to examine a phenomenon called substitution effect, in which the use of one product or substance is influenced by the use or availability of another.
Marijuana’s non-toxic properties has proven for many people to be an ideal way to manage various diseases and substance addictions.
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