Survey: Patients prefer natural medical marijuana over marijuana pharmaceuticals

In Feature Stories by David Silverberg

A new study found medical marijuana patients are more satisifed with natural cannabis compared to pharmaceutical-based marijuana products.

According to new research published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, patients are more satisfied overall with natural cannabis. Pharmaceutical preparations only scored higher in 1 of 9 categories measured, which was “ease of preparation and intake,” as the survey suggested.

Patients seem to find natural cannabis superior when it comes to dose needed, onset and duration of effects and side effect profile, as LeafScience writes.

The survey paper adds, “Besides the need for such products to be standardized and quality controlled, our 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.”

Researchers from Canada, U.S., Germany and The Netherlands surveyed 953 patients from 31 countries, making it one of the largest surveys of its kind.

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