A recent study conducted in the United States has found that there are more medical marijuana consumers than recreational consumers. 46 percent of frequent cannabis consumers do so in order to help treat a medical condition of some kind, as opposed to 22 percent who consume recreationally. These stats were found thanks to a study conducted by the JAMA Open Network.
The authors of this study concluded that adults with medical conditions are more likely to consume medical marijuana. Especially those with conditions such as cancer, respiratory conditions or depression. They noted that consumption decreases with age, even if a medical condition is present. Seeing as stigmas around cannabis are in fact breaking down, we may see more of the elderly embracing cannabis. Especially so because conditions do become more prevalent with age.
A university professor made further comments on this study, emphasising the need for facts so that medical cannabis consumers are aware of the efficacy and adverse effects for their conditions. It is important to correctly inform the public, so that they can make a decision themselves on whether cannabis may be what they need or not.
The study uncovered that one in four 18-24 year olds make use of medical marijuana, whereas only 2 percent of consumers are at least 65 years. Across all demographics, it was found that the most common method of administration was smoking, with 77 percent of regular consumers choosing this method. This isn’t a surprise as smoking flower is one of the fastest-acting methods, working quickly to provide relief to the patient.
The list of conditions that are now seen as treatable by cannabis is growing quickly, as more research is conducted and the world starts to openly accept the medical applications of the plant. The medical cannabis sphere is only going to keep growing.