Research: Medicinal cannabis improves the quality of life

Research: Medicinal cannabis improves the quality of life

We all know that medicinal cannabis has a special effect on a range of conditions.

There is no other 'medicine' with such a broad effect. According to this research, medical cannabis is also able to significantly improve the quality of life of patients. Although it is not immediately news for experienced experts, it is nice that science also confirms it.

Numerous studies have been conducted in recent years to map the effects of medicinal cannabis on human health. As weed becomes more and more accessible, there's a good chance that more people will use it medicinally on a daily basis. Therefore, it is extremely important that the public is aware of the implications of its use.

The research

According to research published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Research, medical marijuana improves patients' experiences at several points. The findings are based on the data collected through an online survey. The survey was completed by twelve hundred people. The responses cover the period from April 2016 to February 2018.

The research team recorded the responses of patients registered with the Realm for Caring Foundation. The subjects suffered from a number of different health problems and/or medical conditions. The team first conducted a survey to understand the overall dynamics of the group. After that, the subjects had to complete an online survey every three months.

Less pain, anxiety, and medication, better sleep

The surveys consisted of questions about a number of factors that could affect the quality of life. The reactions showed that the use of medicinal cannabis reduced anxiety, improved sleep patterns, and reduced or disappeared any pain that may be present.

Overall, the pain level of patients who used medicinal cannabis decreased by nine percent. Further, anxiety levels decreased by twelve percent, and overall quality of life scores increased by eight percent.

The study also showed that the patients who used medical cannabis relied less heavily on conventional medication. The subjects reported fourteen percent less use of prescription medication compared to the placebo group.

Medicinal cannabis reduces the use of regular health care

The research team also found that the patients needed fewer other means of care. They were less likely to visit a family doctor or the hospital. They also showed a decrease in the likelihood of hospitalization, compared to the patients who did not use medical marijuana.

According to the survey responses, patients were about thirty-nine percent less likely to visit the emergency room for thirty days and as much as forty-six percent less likely to be hospitalized.

According to Ryan Vandrey – associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the John Hopkins School of Medicine – it's not surprising that people feel better about using medical cannabis, but it was surprising to see that these people were less likely to turn to regular health care.

Opioids out, medical marijuana in

Another study conducted in New Zealand used the same research method and showed that CBD-based products can also be effective in improving patients' quality of life. Actually no 'hard new news', but it is good that this has also been scientifically confirmed.

In recent years, the use of medicinal cannabis has increased dramatically worldwide. A number of doctors have started prescribing medications that contain CBD. The goal is to eventually completely replace opioid-based drugs used today.

Both studies – both those from America and Canada – can play an important role in shaping the future when it comes to medicine. Hopefully, in the long run, it can lead to the ultimate cannabis-based medication. Freely available, or if necessary on prescription.