Providing further peer-reviewed scientific evidence of cannabis' medical value, a recent report indicates that older individuals see significant therapeutic benefits from the use of medical cannabis.
Published in the February 2018 edition of the European Journal of Internal Medicine, the article found that "After six months of treatment, 93.7% of the respondents reported improvement in their condition and the reported pain level was reduced from a median of 8 on a scale of 0-10 to a median of 4." Through a series of questionnaires distributed to participants over a nearly three-year period, the Israeli researchers studied a population of more than 2,500 patients over the age of 65.
The report also concluded that "Cannabis use may decrease the use of other prescription medicines, including opioids," finding that nearly one in five patients reduced their intake of opioid medications or stopped using them altogether.
This new study, like hundreds of others published in academic journals, demonstrates the scientific basis of medical cannabis. Opponents who claim there is not yet enough evidence are simply ignoring the overwhelming consensus of researchers. It is time for Utah to provide relief and safe access to patients who need medical cannabis.