A study of hundreds of California medical cannabis patients has found that 92% of those patients believe that cannabis has been beneficial in alleviating symptoms of the ailment they use it for. The study, published by the U.S. National Institute of Health as well as the journal Drug and Alcohol Review, also found that medical cannabis is “used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group”.
For the study, researchers used data from the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, an “annual, random-digit-dial state-wide telephone survey that collects health data from a representative adult sample .”
After an examination of the data, researchers found that “Five percent of adults in California reported ever using medical marijuana, and most users believed that medical marijuana helped alleviate symptoms or treat a serious medical condition.” They note that prevalence was “similar when compared by gender, education and region.”
Researchers conclude; “Our study’s results lend support to the idea that medical marijuana is used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group. As more states approve marijuana use for medical purposes, it is important to track medical marijuana use as a health-related behaviour and risk factor.
The study can be found by clicking here.