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62% of US respondents would choose cannabis over prescription drugs for health and wellness

Nearly 90% of respondents who had used weed as an alternative and/or supplement to pharmaceutical treatments believe it has improved their overall well-being.

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The attitude of the United States towards cannabis and its potential medicinal benefits is reflected in a new survey showing that three-quarters of people would prefer holistic solutions and 62% would opt for weed over pharmaceuticals. to treat medical problems.

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Released this week, the findings are part of a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of cannabis consumer product provider Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. The survey gathered feedback from nearly 2,000 U.S. adults. aged 21 and over, notes a statement from Curaleaf.

In fact, 91% of survey respondents who had ever used cannabis did so for health and wellness purposes.

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The health issues and symptoms for which people use cannabis are familiar. The main reasons for doing so were to relax (52%), help sleep (49%), reduce stress (44%) and reduce anxiety (41%).

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A US study published in the fall of 2021 found that “medical cannabis use was associated with lower self-reported depression, but not anxiety, at baseline.”

However, initiation of medicinal cannabis during the follow-up period of the study “was associated with a significant decrease in anxiety and depressive symptoms”.

Additionally, the researchers pointed out that participants who used medical cannabis “reported superior sleep, quality of life, and less pain on average.”

Results from the 2000 Canadian Cannabis Survey indicate that, in the face of COVID-19, the most common reasons for an increase in cannabis use were relaxation (73%), boredom (65% ), stress (53%) and anxiety (53%).

That said, for people who chose to cut back on weed, among the most common reasons were relaxation (18%), as an aid to help socialize with others (14%) and anxiety ( 13%). reports.

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Information published by the US National Library of Medicine indicates that the most common conditions for which medical cannabis is used in Colorado and Oregon, where medical marijuana is legal, “are pain, spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, epilepsy, cachexia, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and degenerative neurological diseases.

An SSRS poll released in April found that 69% of respondents believed weed should be legalized for recreational use. That’s a percentage point higher than support noted in a 2021 Gallup poll.

Commenting on the results of the Curaleaf survey, “educating consumers about how cannabis can be used to meet everyday health and wellness needs is key to de-stigmatizing the plant and providing consumers with more choice for better health. ‘adapt to their personal lifestyle,” suggests Stacia Woodcock, a cannabis clinician. pharmacist for Curaleaf New York.

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“Different product options with varying ratios of THC and CBD give patients the flexibility to consume cannabis in a way that suits their lifestyle and comfort level,” adds Woodcock.

Nearly nine in 10 respondents, or 88%, who had used cannabis as an alternative and/or in addition to pharmaceutical treatments believe it improved their overall well-being, Curaleaf reports.

Additionally, 86% of respondents who did would recommend cannabis to a friend or family member for medical reasons, the company adds.

Survey results released earlier this year by the University of Michigan show that 73% of parents surveyed would consider their children using the compound if other medications do not work.

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Joan J. Dean

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