Research associates the legalization of recreational marijuana in D.C. with decreases in alcohol and pain reliever misuse.
Recent research published on May 09, 2022, discusses the relationship between alcohol, nicotine, and recreational pain reliever compared to cannabis use in young adults in Washington, D.C. where recreational marijuana has been legal since 2014 and they found something interesting.
This sort of study is fundamental for the healthy implementation of sacred medicines such as Ayahuasca, Magic Mushrooms, and Cannabis in a balanced lifestyle. We must work together as a society to carefully support our population to extract the benefits and challenges that psychedelic exploration can offer.
The 18 states of the US that legalized non-medicinal marijuana are the center stage of a one-of-a-kind experiment that since 2014 has been feeding scientists with super valuable data that is paving the way to full cannabis social implementation with safety.
Analyzing the data ranging from the date of the legalization in 2014 until 2019, scientists observed that people who consumed cannabis more often were less likely to engage in episodes of drug abuse. In my own cannabic experience, I noticed that I stopped going out binge drinking (scientists call it HED or heavy episodic drinking) after I traded the glass for the joint.
Beyond grounding me and making me more conscious about my habits and behaviors I believe that cannabis made me more aware of what doesn’t benefit me. More than a habit-creating substance, cannabis has been proving to be a habit un-learning flower.
The research can be found here:
Trends in Alcohol, Cigarette, E-Cigarette, and Nonprescribed Pain Reliever Use Among Young Adults…
Liberalization of cannabis laws may be accompanied by changes in the use of substances other than cannabis and changes…www.jahonline.org