What drives patients to consume medical herb?

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New study tries to understand the purpose of consumption

Since the 1990 years in the United States, cannabis advocates have called for a re-evaluation of the use of the plant as a therapeutic treatment in several diseases. In 2018, 33 states including Colombia, have approved the medical use of cannabis, while 10 states have legalized it for recreational purposes. However, from a legal point of view, the consumption of the plant is still very regulated.

An antidote for chronic pain

New research from the University of Michigan, recently published, deepen the data of the legal use in medicine, to better understand its use.

"We did this study because we wanted to understand why people use cannabis for medical purposes, and if these reasons are based on evidence," he says. Kevin Boehnke, researcher in the Department of Anesthesiology of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center.

To examine the different patterns of use, several researchers have grouped the eligibility requirements reported by patients with a license to use. In 2017, a report highlights 10 000 scientific summaries on the health effects of medical and recreational use. The findings show that chronic pain, nausea, vomiting, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis are significantly improved through cannabis treatment.

Evidence ...

Despite variable data, half of the states had only patient-reported data. The researchers note 641 176 authorized patients registered in 2016 against 813 917 in 2017. These data are much lower than the actual number of users. The number of patients is increasing dramatically and in 62,2% of cases, the goal is to relieve chronic pain which affects about 100 million Americans.

Finally, it does not seem difficult to understand that users prefer to resort to a plant to relieve pain rather than having to consume opium-based but legally deliverable treatments.

And while the majority of US states have legalized medical cannabis, the best way to regulate it safely in medical practice now needs to be examined.

A case to follow ...

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