According to a new report in the journal Social Science & Medicine, people who consume marijuana for medicinal purposes oftentimes self-report using it to reduce three specific medical issues.
The report found that people typically self-report using marijuana to address symptoms of pain (67%), anxiety (52%) and depression (34%), NORML reported. Many people also used marijuana to arouse appetite and lessen symptoms of post-traumatic stress (PTSD).
“Collectively, these data indicate that pain, anxiety, and depression are common reasons that patients report as reasons for using medical cannabis,” the report concluded.
The report was produced by pooling together results from 15 separate studies that involved over 6,600 medical marijuana patients in over 30 countries.