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  • Post Time Posted February 07, 2019
Chronic pain is the most common reason consumers give when enrolling in state-approved medical cannabis programs, according to an analysis of 15 states published by the Journal of Health Affairs on Monday.

The ailment is followed by stiffness caused by multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy-related nausea.

“The majority of patients for whom we have data are using cannabis for reasons where the science is the strongest,” said lead author Kevin Boehnke of University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

California was the first state to legalized medical cannabis in 1996. Now in 2019, more than 30 states have legalized medical cannabis for specific health problems. Although the U.S. government has approved medicines based on compounds found in cannabis, it still considers cannabis illegal and imposes limits on research.

About two-thirds of the approximate 730,000 reasons given for medical cannabis use were related to chronic pain. Patients include 37-year-old Brandian Smith of Pana, Illinois, who qualifies due to pain experienced by fibromyalgia. She said she has stopped taking opioid painkillers because cannabis works better for her. She spends about $300 monthly on medical cannabis products.

“Cannabis is the first thing I’ve found that actually makes the pain go away and not leave me so high that I can’t enjoy my day.”

Source: https://o.canada.com/pmn/life-pmn/chronic-pain-given-as-top-reason-for-using-medical-marijuana/wcm/9cf9c346-faa7-4025-8927-42a12ce1cbef

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