Cannabis vs Diazepam: data & facts
Cannabis vs Diazepam (Valium)
As a scientist, I firmly believe in the power of data and facts.
That is why I wanted the facts I am presenting here to speak for themselves.
Paradoxically, amongst its frequent side effects, there are agitation and anxiety, muscle spasticity and tremor along with a long list of many other.
Yet, at contrary of Cannabis and its many therapeutical uses, Diazepam is one of the most prescribed medications, both in infants and elderly.
According to USA government estimates, doctors issue about 15 million Diazepam prescriptions annually in the United States only.
Abuse of benzodiazepines is very common, especially for the highly addictive properties of the drug.
The number of people admitted to treatment programs for abusing this drug increased nearly 570 percent from 2000 to 2010. (1)
Comparison of therapeutic properties: Cannabis vs Diazepam
|Diseases of Energy Metabolism||Appetite regulation|
|Pain and Inflammation||Acute pain (chemical, mechanical, thermal)|
|Chronic pain (inflammatory, neuropathic)|
|Central Nervous System Disorders||Alzheimer’s Disease|
|Nausea and emesis|
|Neurotoxicity and neurotrauma|
|Spinal Cord Injury|
|Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis|
|Movement Disorders (Basal Ganglia Disorders)||Dystonia|
|Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome|
|Muscle spasms||Muscle spasms|
|Parkinson’s disease and levodopa-induced dyskinesia|
|Cardiovascular and Respiratory Disorders||Asthma|
|Myocardial Reperfusion Injury|
|Gastrointestinal and Liver Disorders||Hepatitis|
|Inflammatory Bowel Disease|
Comparison of side effects: Cannabis vs Diazepam
As you scroll along the list, you will notice that in order to match the two colomns with corresponding “in target” effects, the effects on the left-side colomn (Cannabis) are often beneficial.
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1) Chris Iliades, MD, and Mary Elizabeth Dallas. (2014). What Is Diazepam (Valium)?. Available: http://www.everydayhealth.com/drugs/diazepam. Last accessed 19/06/14.