A landmark study helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of the medical benefits of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

The recent study is lending credibility to the idea that medical cannabis can be used as a natural alternative to prescription pain medications, with nearly 100 percent of respondents saying they believe cannabis is helping them decrease their use of prescription opioids to treat the pain.

The study, which was conducted by HelloMD, one of the largest medical cannabis communities in the nation, and University of California Berkley, surveyed nearly 3,000 patients who use both opioid and non-opioid based pain medication.


The results of the study concluded that 97 percent of respondents “strongly agreed/agreed” that they could decrease use of their opioid medications when using cannabis. While 92 percent of respondents said that they “strongly agreed/agreed” that they prefer cannabis to treat their medical condition.

The study also found that 81 percent of respondents said they “strongly agreed/ agreed” that using cannabis alone was more effective than taking cannabis with opioids.

Use of cannabis as a substitute/in conjunction with opioid-based pain medication (PRNewsfoto/HelloMD)

While cannabis is only legalized for medicinal use in 26 states and the District of Columbia, 93 percent of respondents said they “strongly agreed/agreed” that they would use cannabis as a substitute for their current prescription medication if it was available.

Dr. Perry Solomon, Chief Medical Officer of HelloMD, referenced a recent publication from the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine on “The Health Effect of Cannabis and Cannabinoids,” and noted that this study serves as a way to support the theory that cannabis is the opposite of a gateway drug.

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“The latest publication from the National Academy of Sciences clearly refuted the ‘gateway drug’ theory that using marijuana can lead to opioid addiction, instead finding evidence of cannabis having multiple curative benefits,” Dr. Solomon said. “Our study further substantiates this. Hopefully this will awaken the public, medical professionals and legislatures to the fact that cannabis is a safe, non-addictive product, available to help fight the opioid epidemic.”

Amanda Reiman, a professor at UC Berkley who helped lead the study, said the treatment of pain has become a politicized business in the United States that has resulted in “the rapidly rising rate of opioid related overdoses and dependence.

“Cannabis has been used throughout the world for thousands of years to treat pain and other physical and mental health conditions,” Reiman said. “Patients have been telling us for decades that this practice is producing better outcomes than the use of opioid based medications. It’s past time for the medical profession to get over their reefer madness and start working with the medical cannabis movement and industry to slow down the destruction being caused by the over prescribing and overuse of opioids.”

As The Free Thought Project has reported, despite the fact that cannabis has been proven to help with a number of things from killing cancer cells to treating rare and fatal conditions, it is still classified among the deadliest drugs that are supposed to have no medicinal value in the United States.

While studies such as the latest one from HelloMD and UC Berkley serve as a reminder that for many patients, cannabis is the ideal alternative to opioid medications, there is still a clear reason why cannabis has yet to be legalized in the U.S. If medical cannabis was legalized in all 50 states, it would take at least $4.5 billion away from the stranglehold that has been established by big pharma.

Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • Rich Simon

    Always follow the money



  • AJ Melvin

    Is it just me, or is it weird that this site features sponsored content by Monsanto and big pharma?

    • Matt Roberg

      You’re not supposed to ask questions, AJ. It’s dangerous.


    Science has revealed with the discovery of our endocannabinoid system that Cannabis (T.H.C.) is actually one of our major nutrients like vitamin C, D or A. T.H.C. is already produced in normal and healthy people. Many others of us need additional amounts of this nutrient other than what our body already naturally produces..(smoking not recommended).Unless I maintain a saturation level (quite high) the effects are (while) very good are still only marginal. This is to be expected because I am a severely and emotionally disturbed full manic schizophrenic at the far end of the scale.This treatment has proven successful. Normally we get a sufficient amount through our food supply Unfortunately the incompetent idiots at the F.D.A. and D.E.A. are continually trying to remove or destroy it..

    Anyone who does not know the difference between a harmless, beneficial and healthful plant like marijuana and a dangerous and deadly chemical concoction like meth does not belong in any position of responsibility. Especially in law enforcement or political office. Others in the public should likewise be confined to a padded child’s playroom with toys and safe items so they won’t be allowed to harm themselves.

    Americans are sick of the drug war and the obvious idiots who wage it and the profiteers who exploit it solely for greed’s sake. The oil and paper corporations spent billions to ban it from the market. It represents a non-polluting source of plastics and oil applications and hemp a far superior form of cloth and paper would do very much to halt deforestation and destruction to our planet. Also the billions Big Pharma pays to profiteer off of the illness and disease caused by its deficiency

  • Nicole Marie

    Nothing us sufferers haven’t already known

  • Corty Studebaker