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Florida Gulf Coast University It launched a statewide study to assess how anxiety levels can rise and fall among medical marijuana users.
The goal is to enroll 1,000 certified medical marijuana users, according to Nathan Pipitone, a principal investigator at the FGCU who works in the university’s department of psychology.
He said patients will report daily for 45 days about their level of anxiety before using cannabis products and how it changes after use.
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“We’re not asking them to change how much they use,” he said.
He said there are many peer-reviewed studies that prove medical marijuana use can treat anxiety but what’s not known is how much cannabis is needed to reduce anxiety.
The goal, he said, is to begin working toward that understanding through this study.
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“This is the initial basis,” he said, adding that he is aware of the study’s shortcomings because it does not include a controlled group of study participants who do not use medical marijuana.
“I hope it opens the door to more rigorous research,” he said.
The goal, he said, is to see if there is any typical amount that patients use to relieve anxiety. Study preference is smokeable marijuana.
About one-third of Americans will experience a major anxiety disorder at some point in their lives, FGCU biologist Martha Rosenthal said in a news release.
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“This study will expand our knowledge about the effects of medical cannabis on anxiety symptoms, patients’ usage patterns, and the relationship of medical cannabis to other anxiolytic drugs and practices,” she said.
How many users are in Florida?
Florida voters in 2016 overwhelmingly approved the amendment To the state constitution to legalize medical marijuana for patients with certain debilitating conditions including cancer, chronic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and more.
Patients obtain marijuana under the guidance of state-certified physicians and receive a qualified patient identification card.
Nearly 717,000 Florida residents have qualified to be medical marijuana users in Florida and 2,300 physicians have registered to diagnose patients who could benefit from it, according to the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, which works within the state’s Department of Health. There are 428 dispensaries statewide.
Who does the study serve?
The FGCU study is the first in an ongoing collaboration between the university and an application technology company
betterwhich works as a Releaf app, and kanamedone of the largest networks of medical marijuana doctors in Florida, according to a press release.
“Determining specific proportions of (cannabinoid) work best for anxiety is an important area of study with immediate, real-world applications for a significant proportion of patients we see every day,” Jessica Walters, chief medical researcher at CannaMD, said in a news release. Release.
To qualify, participants must be at least 18 and be certified medical marijuana patients who use it for anxiety, but they can also use medical marijuana for pain management or other conditions, Bipetton said.
Bipiton said participants will be reminded by text each day to sign up for 45 days through the Releaf app to answer standard anxiety-related questions.
Better technologies are being used more widely by researchers, healthcare professionals, and cannabis product manufacturers to collect data on the performance of cannabis and CBD products, as reported by cannabis patients and consumers.
“Given the increased anxiety and stress that have been reported over the past few years, this is a timely study,” Tyler Dautrich, chief operating officer of MoreBetter, the company behind the Releaf app, said in a press release.
“Working with groups like FGCU and CannaMD enables us to collect real-world local data findings, which will ultimately help improve the experience for registered cannabis patients in Florida,” Dautrich said.
Bebeton said that people who enroll in the study will be eligible to receive a $250 Amazon gift card, which will be given to participants at random so they don’t get all of them.