Today, more people are on medication than ever before. Whether because of medical issues, mental health, or everyday problems that seem insurmountable, the trend is on the rise. The interactions and side effects of these dangerous prescriptions have led people to seek a safer, better alternative. For many of us, we are choosing cannabis over Xanax.
If you have ever dealt with anxiety, then you have probably looked at taking Alprazolam, also know as Xanax. The most frequently prescribed benzodiazepine in the US, it is more than popular. It is an epidemic. Over 49 million prescriptions were written in 2011 alone. Used for panic disorders, phobias, and anxieties, the short-term effects can benefit many people. The long-term effects, on the other hand, can be devastating.
Xanax is dangerous, and highly addictive, both psychologically and physically, even at regular doses. It impairs cognition, speech, and motor function. Even short-term side effects can include: