Study Shows Patients Who Consume Medical Cannabis are Happier and Healthier Than Those Who Don't
A study was conducted by the Realm of Caring that observed 1,276 participants and their cannabis use. The study followed 808 marijuana users, most of whom were using hemp-based products, and 468 individuals who were not yet consuming any marijuana products.
Between April 2016 and February 2018, the participants were frequently assessed on any use of prescription or over-the-counter drugs, their physical and mental health, and whether the individual had been admitted to the hospital. By every measure, the participants who consumed marijuana were physically and mentally healthier than the non-cannabis users.
Associate professor at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Ryan Vandrey who oversaw the study, stated the most notable medical benefits were achieved by the non-cannabis users who began consuming cannabis during the course of the study. These participants reported feeling better overall and saw an improvement in their health.
Participants of the study suffered from conditions categorized into three separate groups: neurological diseases (including multiple sclerosis and epilepsy), chronic pain (such as back pain and fibromyalgia), and psychiatric conditions (anxiety and PTSD). More than half of the participants stated that CBD was the primary chemical component found in the products they consumed. Marijuana users in the study reported experiencing a better quality of life as they were able to sleep better, were more relaxed, and encountered less pain, depression and anxiety. They also used fewer prescription medications and were less likely to have been admitted to the hospital.
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