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Medical Marijuana Works for 92% of Patients: Study Finds

By Rebecca 10/14/2014

The study gathered information from 7,525 adults in California. These statistics came from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention using data from the California Behavioral Risk Surveillance System. “Our study’s results lent support to the idea that medical marijuana is used equally by many groups of people and is not exclusively used by any one specific group,” explained the authors of the study. Both men and women in the study reported using medical marijuana similarly, but those on the younger end of the age group used it more. The author of the study also explained, “The absolute difference in prevalence between racial/ethnic groups is less than three percentage points, which may not have much importance in practical terms.”

“Our study contradicts commonly held beliefs that medical marijuana is being overused by healthy individuals. The most common reasons for use include medical conditions for which mainstream treatments may not exist, such as for migraines, or may not be effective, including for chronic pain and cancer.” Despite 23 states legalizing the use of medical marijuana, there are many people still skeptic about the health benefits. Even the mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, called medical marijuana one of the “greatest hoaxes of all time.” John Lovell, a narcotics police lobbyist in California, stated “California’s medical marijuana law is a giant con job.”

Everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but there’s no denying the evidence of medical marijuana’s healing effects. Even a 2013 survey concluded that 76 percent of doctors approve medical marijuana use for their patients. There will always be skeptics, but with the proper education, hopefully, more people will open their eyes to how amazing this medication is.

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