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The study found that people were much more likely to experience positive effects than negative effects after ingesting cannabis.
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February 22, 2021 • • 13 hours ago • • Read 4 minutes Photo by AndreyPopov / iStock / Getty Images Plus
For decades, the potential value of using cannabis as medicine has not been recognized. However, some recent studies appear to be taking steps to allay cannabis’ negative reputation.
In a University of New Mexico study published in the Journal of Cannabinoid Research in December 2020, researchers reviewed data collected from 670 participants from 2,306 self-administered doses of cannabis flower via a cannabis tracking app called Releaf.
From this data, the researchers found that 95.5 percent of cannabis sessions reported a decrease in symptom intensity. In addition, higher levels of CBD were not associated with changes in the intensity of symptoms, while higher levels of THC were associated with reductions in negative symptoms.
Even so, strains labeled Indica performed better than strains labeled Sativa. While the Sativa and Indica labels were discounted, they were used in this study to suit the consumer’s market options.
Although feelings of paranoia have often been associated with cannabis use, this study found that people were much more likely to experience positive effects than negative effects after using cannabis. As a result, the authors hypothesized that classic paranoia may have more to do with the illegality of cannabis than with the plant’s inherent effects.
They also believe that this positive profile is why many patients are replacing traditional pharmacological substances such as benzodiazepines, atypical antipsychotics, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, beta blockers, and other drugs used to treat negative effects of cannabis.
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The authors noted that “the fact that higher THC in our study appears to confer greater anxiolytic effects at higher THC levels suggests that the entire natural cannabis plant is very different on that when compared to synthetic or derived THC isolates Brain works. “
The researchers concluded that “the side effects reported in the current study were relatively less severe than the more serious medical and sometimes societal problems caused by some conventional prescription and non-prescription drugs that are most commonly used to treat more common forms of ailments can be used. “
They suggest that “the self-directed use of cannabis flowers, especially at higher THC levels, is associated with a significant improvement in at least short-term distress in many users, likely contributing to its widespread popularity and use in the United States”
Cannabis: bridging the doctor-patient gap
Kevin Boehnke of the University of Michigan (U of M) led a study recently published in the Journal of Cannabis Research that looked at the relationship between doctors and patients.
Of 275 respondents who took an online survey, about 80 percent said their GPs knew they were using cannabis. However, only 14 percent had received their medical cannabis approval from their doctor. In addition, 86 percent of participants said they replaced pharmaceutical drugs with cannabis, and 69 percent of those who reported substitution said they hadn’t immediately told their doctor. In addition, 44 percent of those questioned had not yet informed their doctor.
74 percent of participants said they never saw the person again who approved them for medicinal cannabis. And 87 percent of those who replaced cannabis with another drug said they did so based on their own experience. Only 18 percent of respondents said that their doctor had advised them.
Another survey, this time for doctors, found that 34 percent of doctors knew cannabis was a List I drug, 68 percent knew it was nationwide illegal, and 65 percent could correctly identify the legality of cannabis in their home state. The doctor-patient gap is not only due to a lack of patient education.
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As indicated by the Michigan study, further research and treatments should focus on harm reduction strategies that are aligned with practical dosage guidelines, especially for conditions for which there is little data on cannabis treatment. Otherwise, the survey found that doctors who are knowledgeable about cannabis are more likely to have patients who are honest and compliant. The more doctors are informed, the greater the patient’s trust.
However, creating such an environment to foster these relationships is difficult when only nine percent of medical schools cover medical cannabis and about 80 percent of doctors state they need additional cannabis training. Hence, in-depth research is required to maximize positive results in a clinical setting.
Legalization proves the legitimacy of cannabis through reality
Some research has found that the most common reason people use cannabis is to treat pain. Neither Washington state nor Colorado has seen an increase in adolescents being treated for hard drugs after cannabis legalization. An analysis in Washington, DC was similarly completed. A September 2020 study found cannabis “Patients reported using fewer drugs overall than the general US population.”
As the U of M study shows, the more cannabis is legitimized through standardization and dissemination of information, the more likely it is to have positive outcomes.
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