JAN 09, 2021 3:40 PM PST

Over 50% on Medical Cannabis Experience Withdrawal Symptoms

WRITTEN BY: Annie Lennon

A new study has found that over half of people who use medical cannabis products for pain relief experience multiple withdrawal symptoms between doses. 

For the study, the researchers surveyed 527 people living in Michigan over two years. All participants were a part of the state’s healthcare system, and so were all certified to use medical cannabis for different conditions, excluding cancer-related pain.  

During the survey, participants were asked whether they had experienced any of 15 symptoms, including trouble sleeping, nausea, irritability and aggression, during periods in which they had not used cannabis. After the first survey, patients were placed into groups according to the severity of their symptoms. At this point, 41% of patients fell into the mild symptoms group, whereas 34% fell into a ‘moderate’ group and 25% in the severe group. 

The researchers went on to collect surveys from the patients on these same metrics a year and two years later. In doing so, they noticed that those who started off in the mild withdrawal symptom group tended to stay there, although some went on to develop moderate withdrawal symptoms. 

Meanwhile, people in the moderate withdrawal group were more likely to report mild symptoms later on. Those in the severe category also tended to experience milder symptoms later on. By the end of the study, the percentage of people experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms fell from 25% to 17%. 

The researchers also noted that those with more severe withdrawal symptoms tended to be younger and have worse mental health. Older adults, on the other hand, were less likely to transition upwards in the severity of symptoms, while those who vaped cannabis were less likely to transition downwards to a lower level of withdrawal severity. 

The researchers now hope to further explore cannabis withdrawal among those taking medical cannabis. In particular, they would like to investigate the impact of different attempts to abstain from usage, different types of administration routes, and how it interacts with other physical and mental health factors. 

 

Sources: Hindustan TimesAddiction

About the Author
  • Annie Lennon is a writer whose work also appears in Medical News Today, Psych Central, Psychology Today, and other outlets. When she's not writing, she is COO of Xeurix, an HR startup that assesses jobfit from gamified workplace simulations.
You May Also Like
MAY 28, 2021
Health & Medicine
Kids Cannabis Candy Poisoning Cases on the Rise
MAY 28, 2021
Kids Cannabis Candy Poisoning Cases on the Rise
  Calls to poison control centers in the US from January 2017 through December 2019 revealed that children are at e ...
JUN 03, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Cannabis Use in First Weeks of Pregnancy May Affect Brain Activity
JUN 03, 2021
Cannabis Use in First Weeks of Pregnancy May Affect Brain Activity
Researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada have found that zebrafish exposed to certain cannabinoids early in ...
JUL 08, 2021
Health & Medicine
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Is Helped by Hot Pepper Cream
JUL 08, 2021
Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome Is Helped by Hot Pepper Cream
A new research review suggests that capsaicin cream, rubbed into the abdomen, may help with the symptoms of cannabinoid ...
AUG 05, 2021
Cannabis Sciences
Brain's Version of THC Reduces Seizures, Increases Side Effects
AUG 05, 2021
Brain's Version of THC Reduces Seizures, Increases Side Effects
An endocannabinoid similar to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) that naturally occurs in the brain reduces seizure activity. Ho ...
AUG 05, 2021
Health & Medicine
Health Professionals Working with Cystic Fibrosis Patients Lack Cannabis Confidence
AUG 05, 2021
Health Professionals Working with Cystic Fibrosis Patients Lack Cannabis Confidence
The quality of dialogue and understanding that clinical healthcare and social care workers have around cannabis and cyst ...
OCT 15, 2021
Health & Medicine
Anti-seizure properties found in the Cannabinoid CBGA
OCT 15, 2021
Anti-seizure properties found in the Cannabinoid CBGA
A growing body of research suggests cannabis’s effectiveness in minimizing seizure activity, but a recent study hi ...
Loading Comments...