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Covid-19 leads to spike in demand for medical cannabis



One in three said they had used medical cannabis to treat stress and anxiety

A new survey suggests a spike in demand for medical cannabis during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Data collected by US-based cannabis media outlet Way of Leaf suggest patients needed access ‘more in the past 12 months’ compared to other years.

The company surveyed MMJ cardholders to understand how patients’ relationships with medical products had altered during the public health crisis.

Overall, 70 percent of those questioned reported needing more product and one in three said they had used it to treat stress and anxiety.

Way of Leaf content director Dylan Baker said: “The survey data is interesting, to say the least.

“It’s clear the pandemic has produced heightened levels of stress and anxiety, and far more people than we expected are looking to medical cannabis as a potential outlet for relief.”

The survey also found 85 percent of participants felt ‘confident or very confident’ that medical cannabis could help with their specific condition.

However, less than half said they were satisfied with current MMJ card application processes used in some US states.

Baker said: “People have stress and anxiety from the pandemic, they’re wanting to use doctor-guided cannabis to cope, but they’re not satisfied with current MMJ card application processes in their state.”

Sarah Sinclair is a respected cannabis journalist writing on subjects related to science, medicine, research, health and wellness. She is managing editor of Cannabis Health, the UK’s leading title covering medical cannabis and CBD, and sister titles, Cannabis Wealth and Psychedelic Health. Sarah has an NCTJ journalism qualification and an MA in Journalism from the University of Sunderland. Sarah has over six years experience working on newspapers, magazines and digital-first titles, the last two of which have been in the cannabis sector. She has also completed training through the Medical Cannabis Clinicians Society securing a certificate in Medical Cannabis Explained. She is a member of PLEA’s (Patient-Led Engagement for Access) advisory board, has hosted several webinars on cannabis and women's health and has moderated at industry events such as Cannabis Europa. Sarah Sinclair is the editor of Cannabis Health. Got a story? Email / Follow us on Twitter: @CannabisHNews / Instagram: @cannabishealthmag


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