Many people are curious to know whether they can use cannabis to help manage their chronic health conditions since it is used for a wide variety of conditions. Most cannabis studies are in the “early” stage because it takes many years for researchers to gain approvals, secure funding for studies, and pass pre-clinical trials before a clinical trial involving humans can take place (Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart, n.d.). The good news is the body of evidence is growing each year, and the medical community already recognizes cannabis as helpful for managing a wide range of physical and mental symptoms (Medical Cannabis by Shoppers Drug Mart, n.d.). Learn more about the history of cannabis!
This list is not exhaustive and there are many more health conditions that may be managed with cannabis treatment. If you are already experimenting with cannabis and seeing some benefits for your health condition, discussing this with a cannabis-trained healthcare provider will help guide you in the right direction.
The Canadian Cannabis Survey, conducted by Health Canada in 2019, found that 73 percent of people using cannabis for medical purposes did not obtain a medical document from a healthcare practitioner (H. Canada, 2019). This means there are a large proportion of people using cannabis to self-medicate.