12 states have laws pertaining to low-THC, high-CBD
0 states have repealed effective medical cannabis
In total, 49 states acknowledge the medical benefits of cannabis
Medical Cannabis and Opioids
64% decrease in opioid use among chronic pain patients in Michigan who used medical cannabis.
1,826 fewer doses of painkillers on average per year, per state, for patients participating in Medicare Part D.
More than 16,000 Americans die of overdoses on prescription opioids every year.
0 people have died from cannabis overdoses in all of recorded history.
Number of Patients
20% of prescriptions are “off label” — prescribed for a condition for which they are not FDA-approved.
Less than 2% of a state’s population, on average, enrolls in the medical cannabis
32% of Americans received an opioid prescription in the past two years.
24% of the U.S. population took three or more prescription drugs in the past 30 days.
37 states’ programs include a general category for severe or chronic pain or allow cannabis if opiates have been or could be prescribed for the condition.
35 states include PTSD as a qualifying condition. Alaska and South Dakota are the only exceptions.
10,000 studies were reviewed by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, which led them to find:
Conclusive or substantial evidence that cannabis or cannabinoids are effective in the treatment of chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, and multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms;
No link between smoking cannabis and lung cancer; and
No gateway effect.
50% of Crohn’s patients who used medical cannabis entered complete remission and 45% found significant improvement in symptoms.
75% reduction in symptom scores were reported when PTSD patients were using cannabis compared to when they were not.
Hundreds of thousands of patients suffering from HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s disease, seizure disorders, chronic, severe, and persistent pain, and other debilitating illnesses find that cannabis provides relief from their symptoms.
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