Legal use of medicinal cannabis on the rise

August 26, 2022

The third Cannabis as Medicine Survey (CAMS20) follows on from CAMS16 and CAMS18, and includes 1,600 people using medical cannabis between September 2020 and January 2021. Those who only used prescription cannabis tended to be older, female, and less likely to be employed. “A number of benefits were identified in moving to prescribed products, particularly where consumers reported safer ways of using medical cannabis. People using illicit cannabis were more likely to smoke their cannabis, compared to people using prescribed products who were more likely to use oral products or vaporised cannabis, highlighting a health benefit of using prescribed products,” he added. Overall, respondents reported positive outcomes of medical cannabis use, with 95 percent reporting improvement to their health.

The third Cannabis as Medicine Survey (CAMS20) follows on from CAMS16 and CAMS18, and includes 1,600 people using medical cannabis between September 2020 and January 2021. The results were recently published in Harm Reduction Journal.

The survey found 37 percent of respondents had received a legal prescription for medicinal cannabis – a significant increase from the 2.5 percent of respondents reporting prescription use in the 2018 iteration of the CAMS survey (CAMS18). Those who only used prescription cannabis tended to be older, female, and less likely to be employed. 

“The data suggests we have seen a transition from illicit to legal use of medical cannabis,” said lead researcher Professor Nicholas Lintzeris, from the Faculty of Medicine and Health at the University of Sydney. 

“A number of benefits were identified in moving to prescribed products, particularly where consumers reported safer ways of using medical cannabis. People using illicit cannabis were more likely to smoke their cannabis, compared to people using prescribed products who were more likely to use oral products or vaporised cannabis, highlighting a health benefit of using prescribed products,” he added.

Overall, respondents reported positive outcomes of medical cannabis use, with 95 percent reporting improvement to their health.

The source of this news is from University of Sydney

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