5 Prescription Drugs You Can Replace with Medical Cannabis

What happened to television? It used to be you could watch your favorite shows and endure the usual batch of commercials. But now big pharma seems to have taken over the airwaves and packed them full of ads for pills.

I can’t help but wonder how many of these pills do we really need. Patients are literally throwing out their pills and opting for cannabis. Not just because it’s trendy, but because cannabis actually works better without the types of side effects one might get from chemicals.


We saved the best for last. There is a painkiller addiction epidemic sweeping the nation right now and big pharma has no plans to take their collective foot off the advertising gas pedal. Everyone from politicians to pro athletes are advocating for using cannabis to replace opiates.

For pain, we look to strains high in CBD.

  • ACDC (my mom uses this for her multiple sclerosis pain)
  • White Rhino
  • Maui Wowie
  • Death Star
  • OG Kush

Anti-Anxiety Medications

Anxiety sucks, plain and simple. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know the constant jittery anxiousness doesn’t come with an OFF switch. Many Americans struggled with stresses of everyday life, and of course there are plenty of prescription drugs for anxiety. When it comes to medicating with cannabis, there’s a notion weed actually causes more anxiety.

Yes and no. It all comes down to which strain you use. Some strains actually do enhance the feeling of anxiety. Those would be strains that heighten cerebral euphoria and creativity, like sativas high in THC.

Conversely, there are strains that specifically reduce anxiety. Those tend to be indicas and strains that relax the body and/or strains high in CBD, which in turn reduces the stress and anxiety levels you feel. These are a few favorite strains that could replace your anti-anxiety meds (they’ve replaced mine):

Pills For ADHD

New discoveries point to cannabis being an effective treatment for people dealing with ADHD. Side effects from stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall can be extreme, especially for children. College kids are popping these drugs like candy just trying to get through the semester. It’s become an epidemic quite honestly. Stimulants can and are being abused by people of all ages for other unnecessary problems like decreasing appetite in addition to maintaining focus.

For increasing focus there’s a strain for that. A nice hybrid weighted more towards sativa with give focus and energy for the patients. We’ve hand picked a few strains that Leafly says is good for focus. Perhaps the best option out of the bunch is Green Crack. The name might sound ominous, but it is a strain great for focus, but also great for reducing anxiety. Here’s a few more that could replace your ADHD pills:

  • Harlequin
  • Cannatonic
  • Super Sour Diesel
  • ACDC (also really good for pain management)
  • Cherry Bomb

Sleep Aids

If anxiety had a BFF it might just sleepless nights. Speaking from experience I can tell you the two go hand in hand, but cannabis has been a great natural solution for relaxing and getting some zzzzzzz’s. This is a good time to talk about side effects. The right cannabis strain can be a natural sleep aid without the side effects one might get with pills.

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Look to indica-heavy strains to provide head to toe relaxation. We’ve tested a handful of the strains suggested on Leafly and picked out a few names to look for:


If there’s one corner of the pharmaceutical industry that really has a stranglehold on its patients, it may just be the company’s manufacturing pills to make you feel better. Depression is no fun, and anyone who has used antidepressants probably knows they are addictive and the symptoms return once the medication is discontinued.

If there’s one thing we know for sure about cannabis, it makes you feel good naturally. Scientifically speaking, cannabinoids in cannabis can help stabilize the ECS (endocannabinoid system) in the body bringing it back up to base line. Unscientifically speaking, laughter is the best medicine.

Cannabis is so powerful at helping depression that war veterans prefer it for their PTSD than prescription drugs.

A few strains to look at in place of your anti-depression meds:

[Updated, originally published 22.3. 2017]

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