The research, which was published this month in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.
44 percent of those who used medical cannabis were able to stop taking a pharmaceutical drug, use less of one, or both.
Researchers surveyed 450 adult attendees of an event advocating for cannabis law reform held at the university each year. 392 usable completed surveys. Those who responded to the survey reported using medical marijuana to treat pain, back problems, depression, and headaches. The study’s participants were” The age of respondents varied from 18 to 71 with a mean age of 29.
In comparison to pharmaceutical drugs, medical cannabis users rated cannabis better on effectiveness, side effects, safety, addictiveness, availability, and cost,” according to their report.
Patients Using a Variety of Cannabis Products
78 percent said that they used cannabis to treat a medical or health condition.
42 percent of survey respondents had stopped taking a prescription drug due to their use of medicinal cannabis.
38 percent reported that they had reduced their use of prescription medications.
30 percent reported that they were using cannabis without the knowledge of their healthcare provider.
58 percent men and 40 percent women, with 2 percent giving no gender or listing it as “other.
Methods of Consumption:
95% used bud/flower
57% used concentrates
38% vaporized flower
37% vaporized concentrates
65% consumed edibles
19% used topical lotion
4% used other methods
Participants reported that they obtained 47 percent of their cannabis from medical marijuana dispensaries and 40 percent of it was received directly from someone who grew it. With ongoing tests and surveys the consensus remains remotely the same. Cannabis should not been seen as a gateway drug, but on the contrary, a drug used to get off of pharmaceutical dependency.