A recent study published in the Journal of Women’s Health found that 23% of patients who participated in the research reported using cannabis to alleviate their symptoms.
“The majority consumed [du cannabis] at least once a week… Most users… reported improvement in symptoms, including pain, cramps, muscle spasms, anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances, libido and irritability ”, wrote the study authors.
The researchers noted that a quarter of participating patients report regularly consuming cannabis in addition to their prescribed treatment. But that despite most of the reported side effects, most also said that cannabis improved their quality of life.
“To our knowledge, this is the first study in the United States to assess the prevalence of cannabis use in women with chronic pelvic pain. Our results show a clinically significant percentage of women use cannabis in addition to or as an alternative to traditional therapy for chronic pain, ”the authors wrote.
“Consumers reported that cannabis improved symptoms of chronic pelvic pain, decreased medical attention, and helped reduce opioid drug use. Our results provide important additional evidence, and we hope to pave the way for the acceptance and consideration of cannabis as a treatment option for patients with incapacitating pain to improve their quality of life. “
This study is not the first to show that patients who use cannabis for relief from certain illnesses end up reducing their drug consumption.
Various studies have shown that the administration of medical cannabis resulted in a reduction in chemical drugs, emergency room visits and hospital admissions for chronic pain.
Another study published in the spring found that “behavioral economic evidence that access to cannabis may slightly reduce the demand for chemical drugs in people who are in pain.”