However entry to medical cannabis isn’t the one downside that has effects on sufferers; points with provide and pricing have brought about many to under-dose or attempt to stretch their provide.
The Canadians for Truthful Entry to Medical Marijuana (CFAMM) commissioned the survey collectively with the Arthritis Society (AS), and the Canadian Pharmacists Affiliation (CPA).
“As treatment consultants, we’re often approached by sufferers about using cannabis for a wide range of indications,” says CPA chair, Christine Hrudka. “It’s necessary to grasp how sufferers could use and entry cannabis with the intention to assist them handle their drugs and therapy. Whereas we will do our half as pharmacists to help sufferers, what they want is extra help from the federal government, who has left them behind on the highway to legalization of leisure cannabis.”
Of the medical cannabis customers surveyed, 61 % indicated that they self-medicate, 38 % acquire their medication by way of the mail from a licensed producer, and 37 % purchase cannabis from illicit sources.
The survey additionally confirmed that 38 % of sufferers rely closely on medical cannabis to deal with bodily ache, insomnia, stress, nervousness, and arthritis.
AS President Janet Yale says that cannabis really is medication for folks in Canada who’re residing with arthritis and that it’s time that the well being system treats it as such.
Yale says that begins with sufferers accessing inexpensive cannabis medication and the steering of a healthcare skilled all through the method.
The survey additionally discovered that 60 % of sufferers take different medicines whereas utilizing cannabis, 76 % of which don’t consider that the mixtures can have any negative effects.
Fifteen % indicated that that they had skilled negative effects from combining cannabis with different drugs or knew somebody who had.
CFAMM president, Max Monahan-Ellison says that protected and inexpensive entry is essential to having an efficient medical system for the hundreds of Canadians who use cannabis for medicinal functions.
Monahan-Ellison says meaning treating cannabis like different medically-authorized remedies by eliminating the tax, bettering insurance coverage protection, and offering handy distribution in pharmacies and different places.