States That Restrict Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions Are ‘Deterring’ Patients And Compromising Data, Analysis Of 210K+ Records Suggests

States That Restrict Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions Are ‘Deterring’ Patients And Compromising Data, Analysis Of 210K+ Records Suggests
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A new analysis of a massive dataset of medical marijuana patient records from across the U.S. suggests that states with restrictive eligibility criteria are likely “deterring patients from seeking the medication they need” and compromising access to information on why people use cannabis. Nugg MD, a cannabis technology company that links people to doctors via telemedicine for medical cannabis recommendations, shared the results of the analysis exclusively with Marijuana Moment. The dataset was based on more than 210,000 anonymized patient records. One of the key findings concerns health conditions that people cite as the reason for seeking out medical cannabis. State programs vary in what is considered a qualifying condition for marijuana, with some restricting it to a specific list of illnesses and others giving doctors discretion to recommend cannabis for whatever maladies they see fit. The report found that, across the U.S., most people receive medical marijuana recommendations for chronic pain (26.3 percent), anxiety (18.9 percent) and post-traumatic stress disorder (12.4 percent). Via NuggMD. Notably, about eight percent of patients cited “unlisted condition,” the data shows. “This could be due to the patient’s primary condition not being considered a qualifying condition in some states and thus not included in our selection of conditions,” NuggMD’s Alexandra Arnett wrote in the report. “Likewise, the symptoms they seek to treat using medical cannabis may not have a specific diagnosis.” A regional breakdown of the data shows significant variation in the conditions that patients say they use cannabis to treat. While anxiety affects about about 10 percent of the national population, only 2 percent of patients in the Midwest list it as the reason for a medical cannabis, compared to nearly half of the patient population in other regions. States where doctors are empowered to recommend marijuana for any condition also saw higher…

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