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62% of U.S. respondents would opt for cannabis over prescription drugs for health and wellness

Jun 9, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Almost 90 per cent of respondents who had used weed as an alternative and/or addition to pharmaceutical treatments believe it improved their overall well-being.

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U.S. attitudes toward cannabis and its potential medicinal benefits are reflected in a new survey showing three-quarters of people would prefer holistic solutions and 62 per cent would opt for weed over pharmaceuticals to treat medical issues.

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Released this week, the findings are among those from a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of cannabis consumer products provider, Curaleaf Holdings, Inc. The survey gathered input from almost 2,000 U.S. adults aged 21 and older, notes a statement from Curaleaf.

Indeed, 91 per cent of poll respondents who had ever consumed cannabis have done so for health and wellness purposes.

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The health issues and symptoms for which people used cannabis are familiar. The top reasons for doing so included to relax (52 per cent), to help with sleep (49 per cent), to reduce stress (44 per cent) and to reduce anxiety (41 per cent).

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A U.S. study published in the fall of 2021 found that “medicinal cannabis use was associated with lower self-reported depression, but not anxiety, at baseline.”

Initiating medicinal cannabis during the study’s followup period, though, “was associated with significantly decreased anxiety and depressive symptoms.”

Additionally, researchers pointed out, participants who used cannabis medicinally “reported superior sleep, quality of life and less pain on average.”

Canadian Cannabis Survey results for 2000 indicate that, in the face of COVID-19, the most common reasons for an increase in cannabis use were to relax (73 per cent), boredom (65 per cent), stress (53 per cent) and anxiety (53 per cent).

That said, for people who opted to decrease their weed use, among the most common reasons was to relax (18 per cent), as an aid to help socialize with others (14 per cent) and anxiety (13 per cent), the survey reports.

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Information posted by the U.S. National Library of Medicine notes the most common conditions for which medical cannabis is used in Colorado and Oregon, where medicinal marijuana is legal, “are pain, spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis, nausea, post-traumatic stress disorder, cancer, epilepsy, cachexia, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS and degenerative neurological conditions.”

An SSRS poll released in April found 69 per cent of respondents believe weed should be legalized for recreational use. That is one percentage point higher than the support noted in a Gallup poll from 2021.

Commenting on the Curaleaf survey results, “educating consumers on how cannabis can be leveraged to support everyday health and wellness needs is critical to destigmatizing the plant and providing consumers with more choices to best fit their personal lifestyle,” suggests Stacia Woodcock, a clinical cannabis pharmacist for Curaleaf New York.

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“Different product options with various ratios of THC and CBD give patients the opportunity to consume cannabis in a way that works with their lifestyle and comfort level,” Woodcock adds.

Almost nine in 10, 88 per cent, of respondents who had consumed cannabis as an alternative and/or in addition to pharmaceutical treatments feel that doing so has improved their overall well-being, Curaleaf reports.

Additionally, 86 per cent of respondents who had done so would recommend cannabis to a friend or family member for medical reasons, the company adds.

Poll results released earlier this year by the University of Michigan show that 73 per cent of parents surveyed would entertain the possibility of their children using the compound if other medications aren’t working.

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