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American Journal of Endocannabinoid Medicine (AJEM)Quality of Life Among Patients Using Cannabis to Manage Anxiety: A Longitudinal Observational Study

The Cannabis Conundrum: Does Medical Marijuana Improve Quality of Life in Anxiety Patients?

A recent longitudinal observational study looks into the effects of medical cannabis on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in patients with anxiety. Conducted over a year, the study aims to shed light on whether cannabis use can positively or negatively impact mental and physical well-being in this specific patient population.

Study Design:
  • Longitudinal, open-label observational study conducted from April 2015 to April 2019.
  • Involved 60 Canadian adults who used medical cannabis primarily for anxiety management.
  • Participants filled out the 36-Item Short Form Health Survey (SF-36) to measure HRQoL.
  • Data collected through a digital platform, with follow-ups every 30 days for up to one year.
Key Findings:
  • Significant increase observed in the “vitality” dimension of mental HRQoL.
  • No significant changes noted in other mental HRQoL aspects like social functioning or general mental health.
  • A decline in physical functioning was observed over the study period.

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