A recent study has shown that the number of people enrolling in medical cannabis programs has quadrupled in the last few years. The study compared the data from 2016 till 2020, and US medical cannabis trends indicate that there is increased interest in medical cannabis.
Many states are also in the process of legalizing cannabis for medical use, and some of them are even offering them for recreational purposes. However, recent trends indicate that users have more inclination towards painkiller applications.
Experts who have studied chronic pain say that the state laws impact the way common users think about the medical applications of cannabis. The study focused on why people use cannabis and what medical ailments they had.
The study also shows that many doctors are still hesitant about prescribing medical cannabis, which is likely to change in the near future as more information about the medical benefits of cannabis comes into the picture.
In an exciting data provided in the study, one in 10 residents of Oklahoma is medical cannabis patient. However, the state regulation does not make it mandatory for the person to have a specific condition. They can get medical cannabis for any health condition if the doctor prescribes the medication.
Other states in the US offer medical cannabis only for specific health conditions. However, chronic pain is one such condition that is allowed as a qualifying condition for medical cannabis use in many states. Experts also say that further studies are required in this direction so that medical cannabis gets wider recognition in treating chronic pain.