A study conducted by the UK Medical Cannabis Registry reveals the association between prescribed medical marijuana and an improvement in the quality of life of a patient. The UK Medical Cannabis Registry is a first-of-its-kind database known to contain details of the largest group of patients that have been prescribed medical marijuana.
The registry was set up by Sapphire Medical, a medical cannabis clinic providing patients with an expert assessment of their health conditions and considerations for using medicinal cannabis for treatment. The data in the registry is anonymous and is available upon request to the medical community.
The study findings were published in the registry by “Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research,” an internationally peer-reviewed journal. The study analyzed data collected from 312 patients who were diagnosed with anxiety, chronic and neuropathic pain, fibromyalgia and needed palliative care over a period of six months. The demographic distribution revealed that the mean age was 45 with male participants accounting for 55% while 45% were female. Out of the total participants, 36% had used marijuana daily before the treatment. Data was collected while building up on research from Canada and New Zealand.
Generalized anxiety disorder was a common diagnosis across the patients. The anxiety score on average was consistent, which according to the results would reduce to below clinically relevant levels during a follow-up.
Medical cannabis was also found to have an effect on patients with chronic illnesses. It was found that one in four patients reported having symptoms of anxiety within the previous two weeks and then found relief. In terms of adverse events, 94 patients (30.1%) reported experiencing nausea frequently (3.8%) with other mild symptoms, including dizziness, dry mouth and sleepiness.
Sapphire Medical also mentioned that patients reported an improvement in the quality of sleep. However, due to the design and the nature of the study, these reports could not be linked to the use of prescribed medical marijuana.
This study followed a previous study that was published last year. Similarly, that study used data from the medical cannabis registry and noted significant improvements in pain, anxiety, sleep and quality of life after scoring patients one to three months after receiving treatment.
Since 2018, doctors in the United Kingdom are allowed by law to prescribe medical cannabis to patients under certain circumstances. According to Hemp Gazette, another piece of legislation is in motion that aims to expand the ability of general health practitioners to prescribe unaccredited cannabis medical products.
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