Study: Pain and Anxiety Most Popular Symptoms Among Those Who Use Medical Marijuana

According to a study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine, and epublished by the National Institute of Health, those who consume marijuana for therapeutic purposes often to do so reduce pain and anxiety symptoms.

For the study, which will confirm what many already expected, researches examined the results from 15 separate studies, involving over 6,600 medical cannabis patients in over 30 countries. Authors reported that subjects commonly self-report consuming marijuana to address symptoms of pain (67%) and anxiety (52%), reports NORML. About one-third of subjects also reported consuming marijuana to address symptoms related to depression or some other mood-related disorder. The use of cannabis to stimulate appetite and alleviate symptoms of post-traumatic stress were also reported by many patients.

The study concluded: “Collectively, these data indicate that pain, anxiety, and depression are common reasons that patients report as reasons for using medical cannabis.”

“A 2017 report by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine concluded that “conclusive or substantial evidence” exists for cannabis’ efficacy in patients suffering from chronic pain, but reported only “limited data” in support of the use of cannabis for anxiety disorders”, states NORML.

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