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Medical Marijuana: How this Cheaper, Safer Painkiller is Changing Health Care

Medical marijuana is being prescribed for pain more and more often these days, while traditional painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin are being prescribed less and less. This change not only saves states money on their health care programs, but it's also saving lives as the number of overdoses caused by traditional painkillers has dramatically decreased. In a recent study conducted by Ashley and W. David Bradford from the University of Georgia, analyses of prescribing patterns and spending in state-funded Medicare Part D programs revealed that medical marijuana is having a significant impact on our nation's healthcare.

The study found not only that traditional painkillers were being prescribed far less where medical marijuana is a legal alternative, but also that states with legal medical marijuana were saving millions on their Medicare programs. Overall, reductions in Medicare spending where medical marijuana is legal added up to $165.2 million in 2013, a figure which is expected to continue to increase as more and more states opt to legalize the medical use of cannabis. If all fifty states were to legalize medical marijuana and prescribe it in line with these current patterns, it's estimated that the annual nationwide savings would total over half a billion dollars.

More important than the money savings though is the fact that medical marijuana is saving lives. In the states with legal medical marijuana, the study found that on average, physicians prescribed 1,826 fewer doses of traditional painkillers like Vicodin (hydrocodone), OxyContin (oxycodone), methadone, and Opana (oxymorphone), which are often associated with dangerous side effects, abuse potential, and a greater risk of overdose.

The Center for Disease Control considers painkiller overdoses to be a nationwide health epidemic, with an estimated 15,000 deaths each year attributed to an overdose of a prescription painkiller. From 1999 to 2014, over 165,000 people in the U.S. alone lost their lives to a prescription painkiller overdose. More people die from a prescription painkiller overdose each year than from heroin and cocaine overdoses combined. Methadone, Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), and Oxycodone (like OxyContin) are the most common opioids involved in overdoses, and these are also some of the most commonly prescribed, especially in states where medical marijuana is not yet an option. Meanwhile, there has never been a single documented case of medical marijuana overdose leading to death or any other serious complications.

As more and more physicians are opening their eyes to medical marijuana as a safer alternative to prescription painkillers, more and more patients are reaping the medical benefits of cannabis, not just for pain relief but for a wide range of conditions including anxiety and depression. A 2016 survey of state databases found that there were 1,246,170 registered medical marijuana patients across the country. It's no wonder the pharmaceutical industry continues to lobby against further medical marijuana legalization—they're losing consumer faith, customers, and revenue daily as new research on the medical benefits of cannabis emerges and more states allow doctors the option to prescribe it. Numerous studies have shown the benefits of marijuana for pain relief, anxiety, depression, glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV, cancer, and other conditions. Marijuana is even reputed to help relieve discomfort and heighten sensitivity during sex. With more and more states legalizing not just medical marijuana but also recreational marijuana, cannabis has lost a lot of its stigma and its benefits are being more readily embraced, a change that's benefiting not only patients but also states looking for more efficient, effective, and safer healthcare options. As medical marijuana continues to open up new avenues of wellness, the healthcare landscape is transforming and the medical community has at last begun to evolve.

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Indica Strains for Pain

Posted by CANNASaver on Monday, 19 July 2021 in Canna Blog

If you are one of many Coloradoans who suffer from chronic aches/pain. These types of ailments challenge those who suffer from them daily. 

Modern pain solutions tend to be things such as heavy-duty painkillers. And I promise you, they absolutely can do more negative than positive

Though it should be known, pain relief from marijuana will feel different from person to person. One strain may work better for some than others. Sometimes pain relief isn’t felt enough with consuming cannabis.

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Marijuana vs Opioids

Opioids are medications typically prescribed for pain relief from nerve-related problems. These are often called painkillers. The problem that continues to rise every day in our country is that opioids are extremely addictive. 

But the light does shine...

Our Fair Lady Mary Jane offers a powerful and natural alternative to opioids (for most people, not all). Our bodies naturally make endocannabinoids and are received through our endocannabinoid system. When it comes to pain management, everyone is going to be different in terms of situation and biology. This system acts to maintain balance in our bodies. 

Masterclass Pain-Relieving Indica Strains

Alright, so we've established that marijuana can really help alleviate some of that pain you're feeling – more specifically, indica strains. So these are the best indica strains for pain (in our opinion):

Afghan Kush

Afghan Kush is a great way to begin finding pain-relieving strains. Afghan Kush is known to be amazing at removing deep nerve pains. The strain is ideal for users who prefer using cannabis medicinally while unwinding in the evening. Afghan Kush is an ultimate strain for anyone looking to relax and shake off pains.

Blackberry Kush

Blackberry Kush is a tasty, Indica dominant cannabis strain. Blackberry shines with clusters of trichomes. This strain is the epitome of indicas with a powerful couch-lock feeling. This feeling also provides a happy, relaxed mindset, blissful euphoria, which leads to sleepiness. The delicious strain helps best for those who suffer from chronic pain or insomnia.

Bubba Kush

Bubba Kush is a legend among smokers. This wonderful indica strain has a classic rich flavor when smoked and is well-known for its relaxing full-body effects. For this reason, Bubba Kush is also known as a sleeping pill. Bubba Kush also aids with lowering stress.

Death Star

Fear not, this Death Star will only fire lasers of bliss and relief. Not so sure what those pesky Rebels were yelling about.

Death Star is typically high in THC. Consumers can expect a blast of euphoria which promotes a state of blissful relaxation for hours. This force-yielding strain can also help with depression. 

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9LB Hammer

Like a powerful blow from Thor’s mighty hammer itself, 9lb Hammer is a heavy-hitting sedative, helping those who suffer from insomnia for years now. The strain clocks in between 20-23% THC.

9lb Hammer is a fruity indica that can help alleviate high doses of stress/pain in no time at all. As its name states, 9lb Hammer has heavy effects that last for a while. The strain promotes feelings of euphoria and crushes insomnia like it was nothing!

Master Kush

Master Kush is one of the more known Indica strains for sleep. The experience of Master Kush is often noted as helping with chronic pains in the body. With high THC levels, this strain is extremely potent and can catch you off guard. Not necessarily for first-timers.

Northern Lights

Like a shimmering aurora borealis, Northern Lights is a strain well-known for pain relief/relaxation. The strain is known for giving users a couch-lock and full mental relaxation.  Northern Lights is the perfect strain to unwind after your day. 

Because of its popularity, Northern Lights isn’t typically too hard to find. The strain has the ability to ease insomnia, anxiety, depression, and stress. 

White Widow

White Widow is my absolute favorite strain. Seriously, if you can try it, do it! It’s famous for a reason.

White Widow is typically used by those who have chronic pains, insomnia, or anxiety/depression.  commonly used by patients with pain and also with insomnia and anxiety. White Widow delivers the consumer into a sense of euphoria. This allows you to feel comfortable/happy as you fall asleep.

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Best Deals on Indica Strains near Denver

You're not going to have a hard time finding any variation of the above-mentioned indica strains at ANY of our featured stores, but we will be updating deals on all indica strains below, so check back frequently, as we'll update:

Altitude Organic is located in Colorado Springs

Current Deals on Live Resin include:

Mile High Green Cross is located in Downtown Denver

Current Deals on Live Resin include:

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