02/20/2017 | Cannabis Studies

Promising Cannabis Studies 2016

As more studies are done with regards to medical cannabis, and more states legalize medical cannabis, we are learning all about the benefits. Cannabis has been proven to assist with a huge variety of conditions, from cancer to neurological disorders. Through additional studies, this list will continue to grow. In 2016, the State of Illinois added Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to the list of approved medical conditions eligible for medical cannabis

Increased Productivity

While this may sound counter-intuitive, studies show that post-legalization of medical cannabis, there was a “statistically significant decline in workplace absences due to sickness”. There are many factors that contribute to this, including one hypothesis that those who use medical marijuana to help treat alcoholism have less sick days because alcohol use leads to greater sick days taken. When one can be at work more often, they are able to increase their productivity.

Reduction in Prescription Drug Use

The use of prescription drugs is extremely common in the United States. With the legalization of medical cannabis, many citizens that were relying on pain relief through prescription drugs stopped using. One particular study focused on Medicare Part D, which is a “government program that subsidizes prescription drug costs for Americans aged 65 and older.” With this study, states that have legalized medical cannabis saw an average of 1,826 fewer daily doses of pain medication filled each year per physician. This stat is particularly important to showcase the effectiveness of medical cannabis in regards to pain relief, as well as the opioid epidemic in the United States. Research showed that prescription drug use decreases when medical cannabis is available, and more.

The Future of Medical Cannabis

Eight more states have legalized the use of medical cannabis, and with this, comes more and more research on its qualities and uses. Additional studies are encouraging, and are easing many of the concerns people initially had. For example, many were concerned about increased use in teenagers, but this number has either decreased or stayed steady depending on the exact age group. For more information on medical cannabis, contact Greenhouse or come to one of our many workshops!

Courtesy of: Leafly