And the kids agree, saying that when their moms use cannabis instead of prescription pain killers and anti-anxiety medications, they’re much more alert and engaged with them, rather than being distant, groggy, or ‘checked out’.
Being more engaged with life and those around you is a significant quality of life benefit that people report when using cannabis, as opposed to prescription drugs, for treating pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression, some of the most common conditions cannabis is used to treat. Prescribed drugs frequently numb the mind, flat-line emotions, make it hard to focus, are easily abused and produce withdrawal effects that can make it extremely difficult to wean oneself from the medication.
On the other hand, a growing number of people are finding that moderate cannabis use results in being able to reduce their prescription drug use, some substantially, without the harmful and undesirable side effects that prescription drugs confer on their quality of life.
It’s sobering to note that the number one cause of accidental death in the US is no longer car accidents, but prescription drug overdoses, especially from opioids. Every 19 minutes someone accidentally dies from a legally prescribed medication(s)! And yet, those states that have legalized medical cannabis have a lower incidence of opioid abuse and deaths.
And women are especially at risk. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publicized findings in July 2013 that accidental deaths for women due to prescription overdoses have quadrupled in just the past decade. Opioids—prescription and illicit—are the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths in 2015, and opioid overdoses have quadrupled since 1999. This is a scary trend. We need better, healthier solutions. We need education and common-sense legislation that allows people to use cannabis responsibly for their health and wellbeing, as a treatment and a preventative.
“Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.”
~DEA Administrative law judge, Judge Francis Young
If you’re a mom who uses cannabis and would like to connect with other kindred spirits, we recommend the non-profit national organization Moms for Marijuana. Their mission is:
“To make history leading an amazing group of women to end cannabis prohibition by promoting education, raising awareness, and creating discussion in our local communities.”