Yet Another Study Has Found Cannabis To Be An Effective Treatment For Chronic Pain

Using cannabis to relieve chronic pain is both safe and effective, according to a new study.

Researchers from Montreal and Vancouver followed 215 adults – 141 current cannabis users and 58 ex-consumers – who used medical marijuana for a year, as well as a control group of 216 chronic pain patients who didn’t use cannabis at all.

Cannabis-using participants were given flower containing 12.5 percent THC and had the option of consuming it however they liked. Most chose inhalation or vaporization.  

Following the one-year study period, patients who used cannabis reported a significant reduction in discomfort and an enhanced quality of life compared to the control group.

Moreover, researchers found that cannabis consumers did not have a greater risk of side effects than the non-consumers. 

The research team also said there was no considerable change in the consumers’ cognitive abilities when compared to the control group. Consumers also reported a significant reduction in anxiety, depression and fatigue.

So, are you convinced yet? 

h/t The Fresh Toast

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Lawmakers in Quebec failed to pass a bill that would have increased the minimum age for purchasing and consuming cannabis from 18 to 21 before the end of the legislative session. When the Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) was elected to power in Quebec last year, they brought with them a promise to raise the legal age for buying and consuming recreational cannabis. Right now, anyone 18 or older can legally purchase cannabis in Quebec, which is tied with Alberta for having the lowest legal age for recreational cannabis.

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