Is medical marijuana safer than prescription painkillers? Experts at Tops Cannabis in California weigh in on an emerging health consideration.

Medical marijuana represents a safer alternative to several prescription medications.
Medical marijuana represents a safer alternative to several prescription medications.

( — April 12, 2017) Huntington Beach, CA — The United States is experiencing a health crisis related to prescription pain medications. Since 1999, overdose deaths related to opioids in the U.S. have skyrocketed. Opioids, both prescription painkillers and street drugs like heroin, were responsible for over 40,000 overdose deaths in 2016. For grim statistics on the so-called “opioid epidemic”, visit Medical professionals have scrambled to seek safer alternatives to these powerful drugs, and emerging research suggests that medical marijuana could be the solution. Tops Cannabis, a leading medical marijuana delivery service based in Orange County, California, has seen a sharp in patients who wish to avoid potentially dangerous prescription drugs. “Some of the research being conducted with medical marijuana shows great promise as a safe alternative to powerful prescription painkillers like Oxycontin and fentanyl,” says a spokesperson for the delivery service company. “We believe that continuing research on cannabis will further demonstrate its effectiveness and safety.”

Physicians around the country have begun to limit prescriptions of opioids, leading many desperate patients to obtain street versions of the drugs they rely on for pain relief. Ultimately, illegally-obtained prescription drugs and street drugs such as heroin can create fatal overdose conditions when patients self-medicate without the guidance of a medical professional. Other common prescription pain relievers like non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) can also lead to medical complications, including bleeding disorders and death. Meanwhile, a broad review of cannabis studies conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine point to medical marijuana as an effective, and safer, alternative. Short-term use of medical cannabis products led to improved control of chronic pain conditions stemming from muscular disorders, injuries, and cancer. As a result of these promising research findings, 28 U.S. states have legalized the use of medical marijuana. Cannabis use for pain relief also has another benefit: a significant reduction in addiction rates as compared to addiction levels found in opioid usage.

Medical marijuana use can also reduce the costs associated with the opioid epidemic, which cost an estimated $72 billion in medical care each year. A study published in the journal Health Affairs showed that average medical care costs dropped by nearly $2 billion per year in the states that have legalized medical marijuana use. Tops Cannabis continues to provide its patients with the highest quality of medical marijuana products and is eager for researchers to conduct more studies. “Medical marijuana is already known by many users as a safe, effective alternative to dangerous prescription drugs,” adds the spokesperson. “Now, it is time for the medical community to advance their understanding of the safety medical marijuana represents.” For more information on Tops and its home delivery services, visit

About Tops Cannabis

Tops Cannabis provides medical marijuana patients in Southern California with the highest-quality medicine and discreet, private, and convenient home delivery options. The Orange County, California-based company offers a wide array of seasonal medical cannabis products, including powerful strains, concentrates, and edibles. The expert staff also offers personalized health consultations for clients of the delivery service.

Tops Cannabis

16400 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92649
United States