Some preliminary studies have suggested that medical marijuana legalization might be associated with decreased prescription opioid use and overdose deaths, but researchers don't have enough evidence yet to confirm this finding. For example, one NIDA-funded study suggested a link between medical marijuana legalization and fewer overdose deaths from prescription opioids. 1 But this study didn't show that medical marijuana legalization caused the decrease in deaths or that pain patients changed their drug-taking behavior. 2,3 A more detailed NIDA-funded analysis showed that legally protected medical marijuana dispensaries, not just medical marijuana laws, were also associated with a decrease in the following: 4
Hi my name is Linda, I live in England! My mum has dementia and Alzheimer’s, me and my 4 sisters care for my mum. We were managing until these awful vigorous shakings seem to have took over her body, so much so she can’t even hold a cup wen its at its worst and sleep is out of the question which leads to utter exhaustion! We have bin told now that medication she was on for her restless legs which was something totally different was making the shaking worse. But yet the shaking is part of the dementia. We are now at the end of are tether and was wondering if you could send me any information about marijuana or cannabis oil! We would appreciate any help you could give us! My email is Lindanolan2010@
Thankyou for any information you can give us!
“Harvard” has many different faculty members who likely hold many different views on medical marijuana; this blog doesn’t attempt or purport to speak for all of them. That said, you are correct that there is a dichotomy between the the government’s classification of marijuana as having “no medical benefit” and this article which cites about a dozen areas where marijuana has been demonstrated to be beneficial. Unfortunately, our government’s policy is vastly out of step with the reality that millions of patients are experiencing, and with modern scientific evidence. It needs to change. (The history of our nation’s “War on Marijuana” is fascinating to read about; it is mostly based on racism as well as politics against the anti-Vietnam left…long story!).