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Study: Most Medi-Pot Patients Prefer The Plant Over Pills

  • by Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director November 7, 2013

    The results of a first-of-its-kind worldwide survey of nearly 1,000 medicinal cannabis consumers shows that most patients prefer their medicine in the way that nature, not Big Pharma, intended it to be.

    Investigators from Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States conducted a web-based survey consisting of 21 structured questions to assess patients’ perceptions of different types of cannabinoid-based medicininal products as well as their preferred modes of consumption. Over 950 subjects participated in the survey.

    The study’s findings appear in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.

    Overall, subjects said that herbal cannabis preparations were more cost-effective and posed fewer side-effects than cannabis-derived pharmaceuticals. Participants also reported greater satisfaction with inhaled (via either smoking or vaporizing) forms of cannabis products as compared to oral dosing.

    “In general, herbal non-pharmaceutical CBMs (cannabinoid-based medicines) received higher appreciation scores by participants than pharmaceutical products containing cannabinoids,” the study concluded. “[O]ur data suggest that overall there is good satisfaction with whole plant preparations that are affordable and administered in an inhaled manner, or in the form of a tincture.”

    An abstract of the study, “The Medicinal Use of Cannabis and Cannabinoids — An International Cross-Sectional Survey on Administration Forms,” appears online here.

    29 Responses to “Study: Most Medi-Pot Patients Prefer The Plant Over Pills”

    1. Patricia says:

      It’s not a fair competition. The plant has been subjected to over 10,000 years of product development through human-directed evolution. It’s going to be hard for modern laboratories to compete with that.

    2. closet smoker says:

      No surprise there! I think that there is a perception that Big Pharma is for profits, not to actually find a real cure. All the new medications that they come up with now are to “manage symptoms, not actually cure. There is no profit in curing.

    3. Julian says:

      What I love most about marijuana; It contains so many good medicinal compounds that Big Pharma cannot sustain it’s prohibition even though the U.S. government owns the patent!
      For who can own the patent of life?

      Take a toke of Freedom, America.
      We own this revolution.

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      There’s a role for big pharma in medicinal marijuana, but NOT as a replacement for simple, cost-effective herbal remedies.

      Welcome to health care in the 21st century.

    5. lockedoutofmyshed says:

      …why in the hell would anyone want to use a man altered medicine when the natural is readily available….and can be consumed in a safe manner!

    6. Elaine says:

      I’ve come the same conclusion as millions of others and that is Big Pharma is not interested in promoting peoples health. They are extremely interested in their profit margins. If increasing those margins means keeping cannabis illegal, and locking up good people because of it’s illegality, then so be it.

      Screw Big Pharma!

      Thanks to cannabis, I am very healthy and don’t take a single prescription drug.

    7. Mark I says:

      The dosage manipulation afforded by smoking cannabis makes it more user friendly than oral consumption of cannabis. Ill use my single dose unit while awaiting the other to take affect. Once the oral has kicked in, the smoking ends for several hours.

    8. Hipoldman says:

      Man made pills! and God made cannabis! Who do you trust?

    9. Fireweed says:

      hmmmm….none of the side effects associated with pharmaceuticals: tardive dyskinesia (permanent muscle spasms every day for the rest of your life), potential for opiate addiction, potential of death from overdose, liver toxicity, drowsiness, weight gain, high blood sugar, um…no thanks. Been smoking the good stuff for 40 years now and other than my daily toke I’m on no prescriptions whatsoever.

    10. jj says:

      Norml…I need a phone number to call so I can attend a conference at Iowa state university this weekend. .. if you need tickets that is. ..

      [Editor’s note: Press release from Iowa State Univ. NORML for this Sunday’s lecture…

      CONTACT: Paul Gerlich, President, ISU NORML
      pgerlich@iastate.edu or 309-714-0276

      Former Director of New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program to Speak At Iowa State University
      Iowa Board of Pharmacy Told Activists to Draft Bill Similar to New Mexico’s Program
      AMES, IOWA— ISU NORML will be hosting Dr. Steve Jenison, former director of the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program (2007-2010) and former chair of the Advisory Committee to the New Mexico Medical Cannabis Program at the Memorial Union Campanile Room this Sunday, November 10th at 4:00 p.m.]

      Dr. Jenison will give a presentation discussing the implementation of the medical cannabis program in New Mexico and the political issues involved. New Mexico’s program has been described as one of the most restrictive ones in the country.

      “We’re all really excited to hear what Dr. Jenison has to say about the medicinal cannabis program in New Mexico,” says Paul Gerlich, President of ISU NORML. “This event will help open some eyes to the real and absolute potential that cannabis has as medicine for Iowans.”

      Members of the media are invited to interview and interact with patients/students/something at the event. Contact Paul Gerlich at pgerlich@iastate.edu or 309-714-0276 if you would like to schedule an interview.
      Patients will also be testifying as to how medical cannabis helps with epilepsy and PTSD.

      Dr. Jenison will also be speaking at the Public Library in Iowa City, Iowa on Tuesday, November 19, time TBA.

      For more information on this event, please contact Paul Gerlich at pgerlich@iastate.edu or 309-714-0276 and visit http://www.normlisu.org.

      NORML at ISU is part of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, a national network dedicated to advancing discussion surrounding current cannabis laws. NORML’s mission is to move public opinion sufficiently to legalize the responsible use of marijuana by adults, and to serve as an advocate for consumers to assure they have access to high quality marijuana that is safe, convenient and affordable.
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