Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D. Research investigator
Department of Anesthesiology and the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center
University of Michigan
PainRelief.com: What is the
background for this study?
Response: Medical cannabis is legal
in 33 states, and people can obtain medical cannabis licenses to treat a wide
swath of conditions, including cancer, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome,
chronic pain, complications of Alzheimer’s disease, and nausea. Many
observational surveys have found that many people use cannabis for chronic
pain, but whether these surveys were representative of national trends was
uncertain. To our knowledge, this was the first study that examined nationwide
trends of patient-reported qualifying conditions based on medical cannabis
PainRelief.com Interview with:
Meghan Rabbitt Morean, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychiatry
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, CT 04519
PainRelief.com: What is the background for this study?
Response: Currently, medical marijuana is legal in 33 states and the District of Columbia and recreational marijuana is legal in 10 states and the District of Columbia (although it remains a Schedule I drug at the federal level).
Chronic pain is an approved condition for medical marijuana in all states in which medical marijuana is legal. However, there is concern that a sizeable percentage of medical marijuana patients also are using their medicine recreationally.
In the current study, we found that more than half (55.5%) of medical marijuana patients also reported using their medical marijuana for recreational purposes, which is similar to rates observed in a previous study.