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May 2019

ASSESSING EXPERIENCES OF MEDICAL CANNABIS PATIENTS (ENROLLING NOW!)
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Our 3rd IRB-approved study is in collaboration with Dr. Dan Kruger, an University of Michigan public health professor! It is titled: Assessing and Monitoring the experiences of medical cannabis users.

The purpose of this study is to examine the real-life experiences of medical cannabis patients to help provide valuable information for existing practices and public policy.

Participation Eligibility:

  1. Age requirement- 18 years and older
  2. State issued Medical Cannabis Patient Cardholder

Participating in this study is completely voluntary. Even if you decide to participate now, you may change your mind and stop at any time. You may choose not to complete the survey or answer questions for any reason.

Click here for the link to the survey!

On average, this survey may take up 15-20 minutes to complete. Please prepare to answer questions about your knowledge related to the medical use of cannabis, your patterns of use and routes of administration, your experiences with health care professionals regarding medical cannabis and comparisons between cannabis pharmaceutical drugs.

2019 Nationwide Chronic Pain Study
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We partnered again with the University of Michigan for our second research study in 2018, titled: “Pills to Pot: Observational Analyses of Cannabis Substitution Among Medical Cannabis Users With Chronic Pain.”

By widening our reach from only Michigan patients to cardholders across many medical states, we are able to further implicate our findings on larger, more encompassing level.

Our goal is to further examine how cannabis use is related to pain management, quality of life, and the use of other medications. We can use the information collected to not only help our patients directly but help inform physicians, researchers, policy-makers about the potential benefits and risk of cannabis as a therapeutic agent.

We are currently in the process of being published! Stay tuned for our results and major findings.

2016 Michigan Chronic Pain Study
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In collaboration with the University of Michigan, we published our first IRB-approved study in the Journal of Pain.

Medical Cannabis Use Is Associated With Decreased Opiate Medication Use in a Retrospective Cross-Sectional Survey of Patients With Chronic Pain (2016)

We conducted a survey of 244 medical cannabis patients in Michigan with chronic pain for 3 months. Our goal was to collect data to examine if  using medical cannabis for chronic pain affected one’s opioid consumption as well. We saw testimonial evidence of this everyday in our consultation rooms.

Three Major Conclusions: 
  1. Cannabis use was associated with 64% lower opioid use in patients with chronic pain.
  2. Cannabis use was associated with 45% better quality of life in patients with chronic pain.
  3. Cannabis use was associated with fewer medication side effects and medications used.
Impact Since Published:  

After publication in 2016, our study has been cited in several important reports including

Faron F. – May 2019
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“I first tried cannabis when I was 20 years old primarily to help me sleep, as well as focus. Now, I use it for numerous things that no other medicine has been able to help me with. I don’t use dabs or concentrates, but I do use edibles, flower, and balms/lotions. I do therapy for people whom I’ve used balm and lotions on, and I can attest to the level of which this medicine works. I have been using CBD to treat my son and husband for issues, which has saved them. And THC has saved me. My family is in a much better place because I have a medical card, guaranteeing me safe access to quality meds. My quality of life was crap before using cannabis. I was in bed 80% of the time. Now I’m able to function during menstruation, I can eat, sleep, and draw a thought. Because of its natural medicinal properties, I know there are no fillers that could harm me and I have gained a lot of valuable information to share with others after four years of regular cannabis use.”

Jayne J. – May 2019
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“I started using cannabis about a year ago to treat my chronic pain, anxiety, and PTSD. I prefer ingesting cannabis because it lasts longer and doesn’t flare up my asthma, like inhalation. I have had significant relief from my health issues and have notice my sleep has improved, and my anxiety and pain have decreased. Cannabis also helps tremendously with my PTSD.
I never use at or before work, but it’s given me my life back and helps me access my feelings in a productive way without being overwhelmed by them. Places like Om of Medicine give me access to the meds I need, since I don’t have the option to grow at home.”

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