There are many countries and states that have legalized the use of marijuana now, especially in the field of medicine and not just as a lifestyle drug.
The fact is that the positive effects of cannabis can only be felt when processed medically and dosage is regulated.
Today, we’d like to discuss the use of cannabis in medicine and its advantages of the use.
Therapies with hemp
In the US, since March 2017, doctors have been allowed to prescribe cannabis as a medicinal product under strict conditions.
- Hemp may help relieve pain or symptoms such as nausea and loss of appetite associated with cancer, including in palliative care.
- As a medicine, it is used ground, as an oil or tea, and for inhalation, says chatty.
- Ultimately, it is up to the doctor’s discretion whether patients receive cannabis as a medication.
- The text of the law does not contain any specific requirements, it depends in individual cases on the “reasonable assessment of the treating contract doctor”.
- Still, alleviating one’s ailments with cannabis isn’t all that easy.
The costs for this therapy are only reimbursed by the statutory health insurance companies if the patients have exhausted all other options – which also includes multimodal therapy
This means, a combined treatment that activates the body, arms the psyche against stress, and works through social problems helps.
The gold standard in combating chronic stress, but unfortunately there is a lack of therapy places in the US.
In desperation, many patients, therefore, take it upon themselves to pay for cannabis therapy out of their own pockets – which is not only expensive: according to the Healthpally magazine cannabis report, this can amount to between 300 and 2,200 euros per month.
Add to that the therapy is often even ineffective, after all, chronic pain is caused by biological, psychological, and social factors.
Medical cannabis for humans and animals
According to Healthpally, Medical cannabis is used particularly frequently in the treatment of chronic pain patients.
Pain accounts for 72 percent of the diagnoses when prescribing cannabis products with a significant proportion of THC, spasticity accounts for 11 percent, and anorexia 7 percent.
4 percent are due to nausea or vomiting (e.g. as part of chemotherapy), 3 percent because of depression, and 2 percent because of migraine prescribed.
Incidentally, according to Healthpally magazine, the THC content in over-the-counter hemp products should not be more than 0.2 percent (in Austria this value is 0.3 percent and in Switzerland, it is even 1.0 percent).
And the market for over-the-counter hemp is indeed booming worldwide: According to estimates by the US market research company BDSA, global sales in the legal cannabis market could increase from $19.7 billion in 2020 to $47.2 billion in 2025.
Israeli companies, in particular, want to secure a large share of the global market.
And now they have a whole new target group in mind: Studies are currently underway that are intended to prove the positive effect of using medical cannabis on pets.
Dogs and horses could also benefit from the new form of therapy – after all, pet owners around the world are considered to be particularly affluent and willing to pay.
Current trends in our health
The Health Trends 2022 make it clear that, in addition to physical health, mental balance will be the focus of the health markets in the future. The industry can adapt to these trends.
As demand for prescription cannabis has increased, so has an interest in the drug hemp.
Experts attribute this to destigmatization in the wake of the global wave of legalization.
Since the purchase, possession, and use of small amounts of cannabis is no longer criminalized in more and more countries around the world, the feeling among users that they are doing something illegal or dangerous with their purchase and consumption is disappearing.
The Baby Boomer generation also traditionally takes a relaxed approach to intoxicating and mind-expanding substances; and they raised their children, who are members of Generation Y , with this attitude as well.
However, the real drivers of its use are the younger generation, the members of Generation Z, born after the turn of the millennium.
The drug affinity study by the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) shows that the consumption of cannabis among young people is increasing sharply.
Smoking nicotine, on the other hand, is becoming less popular and is even considered disgusting and uncool.
The proportion of young people who smoke has increased accordingly over the past fifteen years and has fallen by two-thirds and is at an all-time low, while lifetime prevalence for cannabis use has increased in recent years: more than one in ten 12-17-year-olds and over 46 percent of 18-25-year-olds have it ever tried cannabis.