Chronic pain drives most medical cannabis use, study says

Feb. 5 (UPI) — The acceptance of marijuana use to alleviate pain from illness continues to spread from state to state, a new study says.

More than 60 percent of people who use medical marijuana want to relieve chronic pain, according to a study published February in Health Affairs.

“We did this study because we wanted to understand the reasons why people are using cannabis medically and whether those reasons for use are evidence-based,” Kevin Boehnke, a research investigator in the department of anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, said in a news release.

The study included data on medical cannabis license holders in 20 states. More than 60 percent of them said they were seeking relief for “an evidence-based condition” chronic condition. Those include chronic pain, nausea and vomiting brought on by chemotherapy.

“This finding is consistent with the prevalence of chronic pain,

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