Four science-backed health benefits of cannabis that are ignored by the mainstream media

Monday, February 26, 2018
By Paul Martin

by: Isabelle Z.
Monday, February 26, 2018

We all know the mainstream media doesn’t like to talk about cannabis too much. After all, they have to keep the peace with their advertisers, like alcohol brands and pharmaceutical companies. Their silence on the issue is particularly deafening given how much airtime they do devote to some serious problems cannabis can help with. Inspired by the Waking Times, here is a look at four science-backed cannabis health benefits that should have made mainstream news headlines.

1. Cannabis can protect people who drink alcohol from liver disease

Alcohol’s effects on the liver are well-documented, and now researchers have found something that reduces a drinker’s odds of developing common liver problems like fatty liver, cirrhosis, and liver cancer: Cannabis. According to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, those alcohol users who use cannabis as well have a significantly lower chance of developing any of the aforementioned problems. Moreover, dependent users had much lower odds than non-dependent users of developing liver disease.

2. Cannabis can serve as an alternative to opioids

For as much as the mainstream media likes to talk about the opioid crisis, they are clearly not that concerned with helping to turn the situation around. They are doing a great disservice by ignoring the fact that cannabis could be used as a safer means of pain relief that does not carry the risk of opioids. For example, an Israeli study of cannabis use in the elderly revealed that 93.7 percent of participants noted improvements in pain, with a fifth of them able to quit or reduce their use of opioid analgesics after six months. The researchers concluded that cannabis is a safe and effective pain remedy in the elderly. With the National Institute on Drug Abuse reporting that more than 115 Americans are dying every day of opioid overdoses, a lot of lives could potentially be saved.

3. Cannabis can help in the fight against dementia

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