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Why Medical Marijuana is an Effective Natural Alternative to Prescription Drugs

Medical Marijuana: The Natural Alternative to Big Pharma

Major pharmaceutical companies have developed an astonishing array of medicines in the last several decades. Unfortunately, we have become a prescription culture that may involve too much reliance on so-called ‘Big Pharma’ and a lot of unnecessary side effects.

Who hasn’t cracked a joke about taking one medicine to counter the side effects of another, or noted the long list of side effects on Big Pharma commercials?

Fortunately, Virginians with a medical marijuana card have a natural alternative to Big Pharma in the form of cannabis. Whether you enjoy smoking whole flower or edibles, medical marijuana can provide a much easier and safer answer to medical issues.

Seniors and Big Pharma

Older Virginians often need to turn to pharmaceuticals for relief from a variety of conditions. Unfortunately, seniors may be at risk for a secondary condition that can result from taking medications— drug toxicity.

How does drug toxicity happen? As we age, we are often prescribed more and more pharmaceuticals, which can build up in the system, creating sudden, unexpected reactions. Another result of aging is that our bodies gain fat and lose muscle mass, which results in lower function in the liver and kidneys. The body is less capable of flushing out leftover toxins from medications, making drug toxicity a serious issue with many older Virginians.

Safe Senior Relief With Medical Marijuana

Fortunately, medical marijuana is a viable alternative medication for seniors. It provides relief not only for common conditions such as chronic pain or glaucoma, but also complex conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. That is just one reason why more and more seniors in Virginia are turning to medical marijuana for relief.

The Dangers of Big Pharma’s Answers to Pain

Many Virginians turn to OTC analgesics every day for help with pain relief. In some cases, we need to up the stakes and use prescription painkillers and opioids to combat acute or chronic pain. While these drugs can provide pain relief, they also come with some serious side effects, not the least of which is potential addiction.

Everyday OTC analgesics such as aspirin can cause stomach pain and other gastrointestinal issues when taken in the long-term.

Problems become even more serious once the transition needs to be made to opioids and other prescription meds. Novel research has begun to reveal that painkillers may be associated with a higher risk of cardiac events and (oddly enough) broken bones.

Medical Marijuana: The Safer Pain Remedy

Medical marijuana, on the other hand, provides a natural answer to many of your pain needs. In fact, a majority of patients in one major study said that it not only addressed their pain relief needs, but also helped them reduce their dependence on opioids.

The Risks With Big Pharma’s Answers to Mental Health Issues

Addiction and side effects can be just as bleak when it comes to treating mental health conditions. Common antidepressants such as SSRIs come with a wide range of side effects, including everything from dry mouth to disordered sleep and sexual dysfunction.

Unfortunately, side effects can become even more serious— in a tragic irony, some antidepressants can even increase the risks of depression. One study even correlates antidepressant use with an increase in dementia later on in life.

Medical marijuana provides a safer alternative to many mental health issues, including stress, anxiety, depression and PTSD. It is also an effective remedy for a range of complex conditions with a mental health component that present later, including Alzheimer's.

Trading in Big Pharma for Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana is plant-based, natural remedy that works very effectively on a range of conditions. The short list is pretty impressive:

How can you trade in your Big Pharma remedies for medical marijuana? Reaching out to a certified medical marijuana doctor in Virginia is your first step. They can walk you through the logistics and help you discover how medical marijuana can serve as a viable replacement for your current Big Pharma med.

Relief doesn’t have to be synthesized, and it definitely doesn’t need to create more problems! Find natural relief today with medical marijuana and let those pharmaceuticals go the way of the Dodo bird.

Enjoy Your Big Pharma Alternative With a VA Marijuana Card Today!

You don't need to rely on Big Pharma to address your medical needs. Medical marijuana can provide a natural alternative through plant-based medicine!

Schedule an appointment with an online VA medical marijuana doctor today, to start gaining access to safe, legal cannabis products, including tinctures, flower, concentrates and more!


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