It comes as no surprise that with our packed schedules and our crammed lives, that treating conditions such as anxiety and depression with prescription medication is a $15 billion a year worldwide industry. For some, prescription medications are a no-go either because of allergies or because they want to opt for something more natural.
To explore the subjective experience of pain relief by cannabis. Qualitative data were collected through in-depth semistructured interviews. Interview transcripts were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). Nineteen patients, aged 28 to 79, who were treated with medical cannabis under the supervision of a pain clinic in Israel. Three key themes that emerged from the analysis were explored: 1) the Sigh of Relief, describing the corporal sensation of using cannabis, including a sense of relaxation and reduction in pain; 2) the Return to Normality, describing the comprehensive effect of using cannabis, including an increased ability to sleep, focus, and function; and 3) the Side Effects of using cannabis.