Here we are at the tail end of 2015, and it’s becoming more and more clear marijuana is one of the safest drugs around.

We have a heroin problem in America, sparked by opiate-based, legal painkillers. And, yeah, don’t get us started about the horrors of alcohol.

It appears that many in the cannabis community are aware of these issues.

A new study out the University of Victoria in British Columbia found that, of 473 marijuana-using adults examined, 87 percent replaced prescription drugs or alcohol with pot.

More than 80 percent used marijuana instead of traditional prescriptions, and more than 50 percent used it instead of alcohol, the study found. Nearly one-third went for weed instead of illicit drugs.

The results were recently published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review.

Those who needed pain relief were the most likely to turn to cannabis instead other drugs, the researchers found.

The authors concluded that “medical use of cannabis may play a harm reduction role in the context of use of these substances, and may have implications for abstinence-based substance use treatment approaches.”

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Raul Duke has been working as a journalist in Southern California for two decades. The medical marijuana juggernaut is one of his many beats. He’s a longtime Westside resident who needs to renew his doctor’s recommendation soon. If you have news tips, reach out:

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