Why Cannabis use has Big Pharma Paranoid

Cannabis Users Give Up Prescription Pills for Pot

The most startling revelation, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.


A new survey conducted by the Centre for Addictions Research of BC helps explain why Big Pharma is so afraid of cannabis. The pharmaceutical and alcohol industries, both powerful influences in Washington, have long lobbied against cannabis legalization in order to protect their profits.

However, the tide has turned as decriminalization of medical and recreational cannabis sweeps the nation and the continent. With legalization, more and more people are discovering how this plant can provide a safe alternative to the dangerous effects of prescription pills.

The survey of 473 adult therapeutic cannabis users found that 87% of respondents gave up prescription medications, alcohol, or other drugs in favor of cannabis. Adults under 40 were likely to give up all three of these for medical cannabis.

The most startling revelation, and one that will have Big Pharma running to their crony lawmakers, is that 80% of respondents reported substituting cannabis for prescription drugs.

In addition, 52% said they substituted cannabis for alcohol and 32% said they substituted it for illicit substances. These results indicate a very promising trend of people moving away from dangerously addictive and deadly substances in favor of a miracle plant that has never caused an overdose death. (read more)

Lucas et al., Drug and Alcohol Review (2015) DOI: 10.1111/dar.12323


Correction: The research was supported by a grant from the UBC Institute for Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Prevention. Jointly crediting the University of British Columbia and the University of Victoria. In addition, the participants in the survey reported that they substituted cannabis for other substances, but that does not suggest that they gave up the use of prescriptions drugs, alcohol and illicit substances altogether. 

-Philippe Lucas -Primary Author of Study