More states are deciding to legalize the use of medical marijuana prescribed through an issued card to purchase from an authorized seller.
As cited by WebMD, Dr. Barth Wilsey,, a pain medicine specialist at the University of California Davis Medical Center, said that pain is the main reason people ask for a prescription, whether from headaches, a disease like cancer, or a long-term condition, like glaucoma or nerve pain.
In fact, according to a recent Gallup poll, from 2000 to today, the acceptance of marijuana legalization jumped from 30% to 58%.
While the "youngins" are assumed to be responsible due to the timing of the rise in interest, a recent survey shows otherwise.
HelloMD, a leading digital health care platform for the cannabis industry, issued a 31-question survey to more than 1,400 medical marijuana patients of 18-80 years of age. Results showed both age groups of 18 to 25 years of age and 35-44 years of age each accounting for only 20% of medical marijuana users, while the 25-to-34 crowd accounted for the highest percentage: 30%.
In a news release, HelloMD CEO and co-founder Mark Hadfield stated, “It's not surprising that people are using cannabis for symptomatic relief of a variety of medical complaints, from the seriously ill, to more common complaints like anxiety, stress and insomnia. Almost without exception the experience is reportedly overwhelmingly positive.”
Age aside, 64% of respondents reported using marijuana daily, with 66% of these approximately 896 participants saying it’s a primary treatment choice for medical conditions. Eighty-four percent of medical marijuana patients said it was not only effective in treatment, but also left them with hardly any side effects. This may be why 96% also said they would recommend it to others as a primary treatment option.
Hadfield explained the importance of the survey results: “This population is substantial to the extent of eclipsing the recreational cannabis user. Frustratingly, the prevailing perception of a medical marijuana patient is that of a masquerading recreational user, which couldn't be further from the truth. These are real patients finding measurable relief with use of medical marijuana."