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Legalization of medical marijuana leading to lower Medicare prescriptions, finds study

Legalization of medical marijuana leading to lower Medicare prescriptions, finds study

According to the Wall Street Journal, drug prices increased by almost 10 percent on an average during the period of May 2015 and May 2016. The increase in prices of prescription drugs is putting pressure on public health spending as well as consumers. Individuals are finding relief in non-traditional treatment methods, according to findings of a recent study published in February 2017 issue of the journal Health Affairs. The research shows that Medicare prescriptions for drugs have declined in states where marijuana has been legalized for medical purposes. Medical marijuana may be prescribed for symptoms of nine conditions, including depression, anxiety, nausea, chronic pain and sleep disorders. Continue reading

Treatment of withdrawal symptoms key to treating pot addiction, says study

Treatment of withdrawal symptoms key to treating pot addiction, says study

People who use marijuana for a long period experience withdrawal symptoms that can contribute to continued use of the drug. The longer a person uses pot, the more likely he or she is to undergo withdrawal symptoms when trying to get rid of it. Depending on body chemistry, degree of abuse and other factors, these symptoms can include being irritable, feeling anxious or worried, feeling depressed, having low appetite and feeling tired all the time. Continue reading