Cannabis Use Is Associated With A Substantial Reduction In Premature Deaths In The United States

By Clark, Thomas M.
 
INDIANA: Adverse effects of moderate Cannabis use on physical health are subtle and rarely fatal, while Cannabis use is associated with decreased rates of obesity, diabetes mellitus, mortality from traumatic brain injury, use of alcohol and prescription drugs, driving fatalities, and opioid overdose deaths.
These data suggest that Cannabis use may decrease premature deaths. To date, no studies have attempted to estimate impacts of Cannabis use on premature death that include both adverse and beneficial effects on physical health. Marijuana use is estimated to reduce premature deaths from diabetes mellitus, cancer, and traumatic brain injury by 989 to 2,511 deaths for each 1% of the population using Cannabis. The analysis predicts an estimated 23,500 to 47,500 deaths prevented annually if medical marijuana were legal nationwide. A number of other potential causes of reduced mortality due to Cannabis use were revealed, but were excluded from the analysis because quantitative data were lacking. These estimates thus substantially underestimate the actual impact of Cannabis use on premature death.
Overall, prohibition is estimated to lead to similar numbers of premature deaths as drunk driving, homicide, or fatal opioid overdose. Cannabis use prevents thousands of premature deaths each year, and Cannabis prohibition is revealed as a major cause of premature death in the U.S.
Date: 2017-08-11
Publisher: Indiana University South Bend
Type: Article

Case Reports: Cannabis Smoking Associated With Spontaneous Remission Of Restless Legs Syndrome

FRANCE: Cannabis inhalation alleviates symptoms in patients with restless legs syndrome (RLS), according to a series of case reportspublished in the journal Sleep Medicine. Up to ten percent of the US population is estimated to suffer from RLS.

French researchers reported on the experience of six patients with treatment-resistant RLS following cannabis inhalation. All patients reported “total relief of RLS symptoms as well as complete improvement of sleep quality” following their use of marijuana.

“To our knowledge, this is the first report on the efficacy of cannabis in RLS,” investigators concluded. “Robust clinical trials are required to test the adequate profile of the effectiveness and safety of cannabinoids in RLS.”