According to a study recently published in the journal of Psychopharmacology, medical cannabis proved to be a great help for people suffering from medical conditions as they helped reduce the intake of antidepressants, sleep medications, alcohol and many other dangerous substances.
The online survey had 1513 participants out of which 66.1 percent were from Maine, 24.2 percent were from Vermont, and 9.7 percent were from Rhode Island. The findings from the research were quite interesting. The researchers reported 76.7% drop in opioid use, 37.6% drop in the use of antidepressants and 42% drop in Alcohol usage.
The majority of the participants also reported reduced usage of many other dangerous drugs. The anti-anxiety medication usage went down by about 71.8%, the usage of migraine medications dipped by 66.7% and sleep medication usage decreased by 65.2%.
Out of all the respondents of the research, 84.7% used Cannabis for medical purposes. About 70.4% of patients from Main and Rhodes Island used medical cannabis to reduce Chronic Pains. 25.5% of the people wanted to cure post-traumatic stress disorders, 12.2% wanted help with severe muscle spasms and 10.6% wanted a for nausea. Around 69% of the participants from Vermont had been had been diagnosed with chronic pains and wanted an effective drug to help reduce chronic pain.
Given below is a brief summary of the results experienced by respondents using Medical Cannabis to cure different medical conditions, the results are stated on a one to 100 scale depending upon the percentage of effectiveness:
For the treatment of back and neck pain, Marijuana scored 73%.
For the treatment of Cancer pain, Marijuana scored 75.8%.
For the treatment of Neuropathic pain, Marijuana scored 72.3%.
For the treatment of pain following trauma, Marijuana scored a high ranking of 77.9%.
For the treatment of menstrual pains, Marijuana was rated at 77.5%.
For the treatment of post-surgery pain, Marijuana scored 72%.
Compared to drugs such as alcohol and heroin the risk of overdose with Cannabis is quite low. Thus, a controlled amount of usage of Medical Marijuana is risk free and can turn out to be a great help for people suffering from different medical conditions.
This study has been published at a vital time at which there is great suspense among the public on what the future of Medical Marijuana may be in the United States. The President in the past has endorsed Medical Cannabis however the Attorney General has had his reservations on the legalization of marijuana.
The results may turn out to be the key to the legalization of Medical Marijuana in different states of the country. Currently only eight states have approved the controlled legalized sales of Cannabis. The District of Columbia has legalized the recreational use of Cannabis but does not allow the sales. The researchers and public are hopeful that this study will pave the way for more research in the field of Medical Marijuana that may lead to the legalization in other states.