Landmark Survey of Medical Cannabis Use & Patient-Reported Outcomes

New data suggests CBD and THC both matter

Care By Design, a California-based medical cannabis company, recently completed the largest survey of medical cannabis patients to date. The data suggests that cannabis is useful in the treatment of many medical conditions, and that THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) may be as important therapeutically as CBD (cannabidiol)–particularly for patients with pain and inflammation.

Twenty-five hundred California medical marijuana patients were surveyed. The study reports that they “are using CBD-rich cannabis therapeutics for a wide variety of conditions, including serious and incurable diseases, and conditions that may sometimes respond poorly to FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. Over 12% are using it to address the side effects of cancer treatment.”

Stated Dr. Mitch Earleywine, Professor of Psychology at University at Albany, SUNY: “I’m so glad that the country has returned to treating cannabis seriously as a medicine, as we did prior to prohibition. It’s great to see a cannabis company examine the efficacy of the plant while paying close attention to dosage, specific ratios of CBD to THC, and the different needs of patients with different disorders. Steps like these are bound to help our healthcare system end suffering and save money.”

Key findings

  • CBD-rich cannabis concentrates appear to be remarkably good at relieving pain, particularly in patients with headaches, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), spinal cord injury and fibromyalgia. All patients with these conditions reported some degree of pain relief.
  • CBD-rich cannabis also appears to be quite effective in improving patients’ sense of wellbeing, particularly in those with Post-Traumatic Shock Disorder (PTSD).
  • THC matters. A higher ratio of CBD to THC did not result in better therapeutic outcomes. Patients using the 4:1 CBD-to-THC were the most likely to report a reduction in pain or discomfort, and improvements in mood and energy. Patients using the 2:1 CBD-to-THC ratio reported the greatest improvement in overall wellbeing. (This finding is consistent with scientific research indicating that CBD and THC interact synergistically to enhance one another’s therapeutic effect.)
  • Patients with psychiatric illnesses, mood disorders, neurological diseases and CNS injuries favor CBD-dominant cannabis medicines (CBD:THC ratios between 18:1 and 8:1). Patients with pain and inflammation favor a more equal balance of CBD and THC (CBD:THC ratios between 4:1 and 1:1).

New Data Suggests CBD and THC Both Matters Care By Design, a California-based medical cannabis company, recently completed the largest survey of medical cannabis patients to date. The data suggests that cannabis is useful in the treatment of many medical conditions, and that THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) may be as important therapeutically as CBD (cannabidiol)–particularly for patients with pain and inflammation.

Twenty-five hundred California medical marijuana patients were surveyed. The study reports that they “are using CBD-rich cannabis therapeutics for a wide variety of conditions, including serious and incurable diseases, and conditions that may sometimes respond poorly to FDA-approved pharmaceuticals. Over 12% are using it to address the side effects of cancer treatment.”

Stated Dr. Mitch Earleywine, Professor of Psychology at University at Albany, SUNY: “I’m so glad that the country has returned to treating cannabis seriously as a medicine, as we did prior to prohibition. It’s great to see a cannabis company examine the efficacy of the plant while paying close attention to dosage, specific ratios of CBD to THC, and the different needs of patients with different disorders. Steps like these are bound to help our healthcare system end suffering and save money.”

Read the report

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