Results from a new study out last week show what we already know: that patients prefer cannabis over pills. The reason why may or may not surprise you. Results from a new study published by the University of British Columbia (UBC) show what we’ve all known for a long time: when patients are given the choice between using cannabis and prescription pills to treat their conditions, many choose cannabis over pills.
The study, conducted by UBC and the University of Victoria (UVic), monitored over 250 different patients. each patient had been prescribed medical cannabis, in addition to their prescription pills. The results showed that the majority of patients (63%), preferred using cannabis over their prescription medicines.
Zach Walsh, one of the co-authors of the study and professor at UBC, said in Science Daily, “This study is one of the first to track medical cannabis use under the new system of licensed producers, meaning that all participants had physician authorization to access cannabis in addition to their prescription medicines.”
Study lead, Dr. Philippe Lucas, graduate fellow at Uvic, said that one of the reasons for these results is possibly due to the side effects, or lack thereof in the case of cannabis. Lucas is also the Vice President of Patient Research and Access at Tilray. Tilray is a medicinal cannabis research and production company and is authorized by the Canadian government.
Anyone who has ever taken prescription meds for anything, or even just seen commercials for them, knows that they come with plenty of side effects. Sometimes these side effects are worse than the original condition. According to Lucas, other reasons might be “better symptom management and a feeling that cannabis is safer than prescription drugs.”
This new research sheds some light on the reason for the stance that the Trump administration is taking on legal cannabis. The industry is cutting into the profits of the pharmaceutical industry. News like this is certainly not music to their ears. Regardless, this study reaffirms what we’ve already known for a while, that cannabis is safer and more effective than prescription pills, hence why many patients will choose cannabis over pills every time
Source: Science Daily
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