To evaluate adherence among Israeli patients who are licensed to use medical cannabis and to identify factors associated with adherence to medical cannabis. Ninety-five novice licensed patients were interviewed for this cross-sectional study. Our findings show a relatively high adherence rate for medical cannabis, as well as relative safety and high satisfaction among licensed patients. Additionally indicated is the need to develop and implement standardized education about this evolving field-to both patients and physicians.
“Israel is an agricultural superpower – I’m sure they will succeed in the field of Hemp”
a soldier who has been found guilty of smoking cannabis outside the army on a few occasions will be indicted, but if he undertakes to give clean urine samples and successfully ends a certain test period (or his military service) with no further offenses, he will not be prosecuted.”
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.
“We decided that if the state refuses to look at us as a legitimate business and take taxes from us, we would pay the taxes on our own initiative,”
Hemp (Cannabis sativa L.) has been used since remotes ages as a herbal remedy. Only recently the medical community highlighted the pharmacological scientific bases of its effects. Furthermore, parallels exist between opioid and cannabinoid receptors, and evidence is accumulating that the two systems sometimes may operate synergistically. The interest of the pharmaceutical companies led to the production of various drugs, whether synthetic or natural derived. The good ratio between the polyunsatured fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6 of the oil of Cannabis seeds led to reduction of the phlogosis and an improvement of the pain symptoms in patients with chronic musculo-skeletal inflammation.
Personal experience and attitudes of pain medicine specialists in Israel regarding the medical use of cannabis for chronic pain
The scientific study of the role of cannabis in pain medicine still lags far behind the growing use driven by public approval. Accumulated clinical experience is therefore an important source of knowledge. However, no study to date has targeted physicians who actually use cannabis in their daily practice. In this survey, pain clinicians experienced in prescribing cannabis over prolonged periods view it as an effective and relatively safe treatment for chronic pain, based on their own experience. Their responses suggest a possible change of paradigm from using cannabis as the last resort.
YouTube, and their parent company Google, seem strangely quiet on the subject
for cannabis use is problematic, and “We are here to fix this… to not turn these people into criminals.”
“The problem is that for many years, marijuana was put on the [same] scale as cocaine and morphine.”