US Life Expectancy Continues Downward Spiral Amid Prescription Drug Crisis
For the second year in a row, the life expectancy in the US has declined as prescription drug and opiate deaths continue to ravage the country.
Drug overdoses killed 63,600 Americans in 2016, an increase of 21% over the previous year, researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found.
Americans can now expect to live 78.6 years, a decrease of 0.1 years. The US last experienced two years’ decline in a row in 1963, during the height of the tobacco epidemic and amid a wave of flu.
The media articles on this topic largely focus on a continued rise in opiate deaths as a major reason in the decrease in the life expectancy.
But as usual, heart disease and cancer are the top two causes of death. The media doesn’t even bother to mention these causes in their articles.
But Cannabidiol (CBD) is not only an effective replacement for opioids addiction, it also is beneficial for the cardiovascular system and destroying cancer cells, as well as being useful in treating pain. CBD has beneficial effects in disorders as wide ranging as diabetes, Huntington’s disease, cancer and colitis.
People with heart failure take an average of seven prescription medications a day. Each additional medication increases the risk of side effects or dangerous drug interactions. What if we could decrease these medications which are prescribed on a daily basis and try utilizing CBD and/or cannabis treatment?
A study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information shows that CBD can be extremely beneficial for the cardiovascular system. In vivo CBD treatment protects the heart against ischaemia-reperfusion damage and against cardiomyopathy associated with diabetes. Similarly, in a different model of ischaemia-reperfusion, CBD has been shown to reduce infarct size and increase blood flow in animal models of stroke, sensitive to 5HT(1A) receptor antagonism. Although acute or chronic CBD treatment seems to have little effect on haemodynamics, CBD reduces the cardiovascular response to models of stress, applied either systemically or intracranially, inhibited by a 5HT(1A) receptor antagonist. In blood, CBD influences the survival and death of white blood cells, white blood cell migration and platelet aggregation. Taken together, these preclinical data appear to support a positive role for CBD treatment in the heart, and in peripheral and cerebral vasculature. However, further work is required to strengthen this hypothesis, establish mechanisms of action and whether similar responses to CBD would be observed in humans.
In regards to the number two-cause of death in the US – cancer – CBD is a potent inhibitor of breast cancer cell proliferation, metastasis, and tumor growth. Combined with THC, the principal psychoactive ingredient of marijuana, the effects on cancerous cells can truly be profound. THC “induces apoptosis [cell death] in C6 glioma cells,” an aggressive form of brain cancer, according to another study.
A Harvard study showed that THC slows tumor growth in common lung cancer and “significantly reduces the ability of the cancer to spread.” What’s more, like a heat-seeking missile, THC selectively targets and destroys tumor cells while leaving healthy cells unscathed. Conventional chemotherapy drugs, by contrast, are highly toxic; they indiscriminately damage the brain and body.
Focusing on what the media covered extensively, let’s take a look at how CBD helps with the opioid crisis. CBD blocks the reward of opioids, and may be used in treating those addicted to them by blocking their rewarding effects, according to a new medical study.
Widely available prescription painkillers opened the gates for a new universe of legal and illegal opioid abuse beginning in the late 90s. The number of Americans killed by overdoses has increased each year since then. As of 2015, more than half a million Americans had died from drug overdoses.
The new data from NCHS shows that powerful synthetic opioids such as fentanyl have emerged as the latest threat. Between 2015 and 2016, the rate of deaths from synthetic opioids doubled, from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 to 6.2.
In 2015, 16.3 people for every 100,000 living in the US died of a drug overdose. That rate increased by 21% in 2016, when 19.8 people for every 100,000 died of a drug overdose.
These opiod drugs are generally prescribed for pain, which CBD and THC are both effective against. Why do we refuse to embrace cannabis as a medicine, despite the fact that it was widely utilized as such prior to its criminalization in the 1930s?
CBD truly has the potential to help get the US life expectancy back to being on the rise. Medical cannabis needs to be legalized across the USA, and the poisonous prescription drugs pushed by Big Pharma need to be eliminated.
And while CBD is non-psychoactive, it is believed that utilizing the full spectrum of cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and allowing them to work together provide the most beneficial value against all of the top killers in the US.
Getting high is a much better side effect than most medications which often list horrible side effects such as bleeding or ulcers in the stomach, irregular heart beats, liver problems, asthma attacks or even death as just some of the common side effects found in almost all of the prescription medications distributed on a daily basis.
Let’s change our ways of thinking.