A small Canadian survey found that the majority of participants experienced benefits from medicinal cannabis for certain medical conditions after 6 weeks of use.
The survey, conducted by researchers from the University of British Columbia, included 214 mostly male patients; with the majority over 50 years old. The most commonly reported conditions among these patients were:
- recurring pain
- sleep disorders
- Arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.
Overall, 60% of the medical cannabis cohort reported improvements in their condition.
Significant improvements in recurrent pain, PTSD, and insomnia were noted after 6 weeks of medicinal cannabis use. However, the findings related to arthritis and other rheumatic diseases were described as “complex”.
“While these results show that patients find cannabis treatment effective for a wide range of conditions, cannabis was not a cure for all of the conditions studied,” said the paper’s authors, who also said future clinical research is needed to correct theirs To substantiate results.
They also pointed out that although “real evidence” was not used by regulators, changes in public policy regarding cannabis should be made to reflect patient-reported efficacy from such studies because of its unique nature how medical cannabis found its way to legalization.
The study was published in the journal Front Public Health and more information can be found here.
The use of cannabis for medicinal purposes has been legal in Canada since 2001. In October 2018, adult / recreational use was also legalized – and the cannabusiness is booming in Canada.
According to the Canadian government, 11,598,518 packaged cannabis units for medical and non-medical purposes were sold nationwide during the March 2021 reporting period. Dried cannabis accounted for 64% of total sales (units), edible cannabis 20% and extracts 17%.
While cannabis is relatively easy to acquire legally for medicinal or recreational use in Canada, there still appears to be a significant black market; one that raises some health concerns. We mentioned recently The British Columbia Public Safety Secretary said tests of cannabis seized from illegal retailers in British Columbia revealed that many samples contained contaminants that would not be allowed in the country’s legal cannabis market.