More Than 1 in 4 North Americans Now Use Cannabis For Medical Purposes
Sales are booming and will continue to grow, too.
With cannabis now legal in just about every state, especially newly official ones like Missouri — and many more wanting to jump in the pool — it’s no surprise that more people are looking to cannabis to treat a multitude of medical conditions.
NORML reports on a new study that says at least one in four people in North America have used cannabis to treat everything from insomnia to anxiety to PTSD. More than 27,000 cannabis users, ranging in ages of 16 and 65, were surveyed from across the United States and Canada. Just over 27% of all respondents reported having consumed cannabis for medical purposes.
The miracle drug?
Subjects looked to cannabis to manage pain (53%), help with anxiety issues (52%), and to improve sleep (46%), which is consistent with previous studies. Subjects also reported using cannabis to deal with PTSD, migraines, and depression.
Naturally, use is higher in places where medical or recreational cannabis is legal, and can be from a prescription from a medical professional or self-prescribed. Either way, more research is needed — which is also about to explode.