a investigationAccording to a report released this week by cannabis wellness company EO Care, “18% of respondents have used cannabis for health reasons in the past year, 19% have used cannabis recreationally, and 14% have used cannabis in the past year. I used it for both.”
Also, “The top three reasons for their cannabis use are anxiety, pain, and sleep. 88% of medical cannabis users say that medical cannabis has reduced their use of prescription drugs, alcohol, or both.” “51% said they would be likely or very likely to use cannabis if it was offered through their health insurance.”
But perhaps most notable is the finding that 65 percent of respondents said they would be more comfortable using cannabis if it was tested and administered by a clinician.
Sean Collins, co-founder and CEO of EO Care, said this study highlights the need for readily available medical advice regarding marijuana treatment.
“Medical cannabis clinical guidance is difficult to find because most physicians lack knowledge and retail pharmacies are not equipped to provide medical advice,” Collins said in a press release. “As a result, tens of millions of Americans remain without guidance about specific product recommendations, dosages, potential drug interactions, or considerations about health history and other potential health risks. of people use cannabis for health reasons. This is a very worrying situation for medicine in general, given that sales of cannabis for health reasons far exceed most prescription drugs.”
EO Care said the survey was based on responses from 1,027 Americans “employed at least part time and from states in the United States where cannabis is legal for medical and/or recreational use.” Ta.
“Ninety-four percent of Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form,” Collins added. “And we know that the majority of Americans have used cannabis in the past year, so this definitely has an impact on employees and health outcomes. With proper medical cannabis guidance. Employers have the opportunity to be progressive leaders in supporting their employees, improving health outcomes, and delivering this important benefit that employees expect.”
Thirty-eight states have legalized some form of medical marijuana treatment, and public opinion polls regularly show that broad swaths of the country support legalizing marijuana.
This trend holds true even in states where marijuana remains illegal. A poll released earlier this year found that 76% of South Carolina adults support legal medical marijuana. Both recreational and medical marijuana are illegal in the state.
A Pew Research Center survey last year found that “an overwhelming majority of U.S. adults (88%) say marijuana should be legal for adult medical and recreational use (59%) or that marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use by adults. Only 30% said it should be legal for its intended use. ”
“The public continues to broadly support the legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational purposes as the number of states allowing marijuana use increases…Over the long term, public support for marijuana legalization increases sharply. Another Gallup poll asked whether marijuana use should be legalized, but did not say whether it would be legalized for recreational or medical purposes. This year, 68% of adults of respondents say marijuana should be legalized, matching Gallup’s record support for legalization in 2021. In his analysis, Pew writes:.
“Significant age and partisan differences still exist in Americans’ views on marijuana. Few adults of any age are completely opposed to legalizing this drug, while older adults They are much less likely to support legalization for this purpose than younger people.”
According to the EO Care survey, The report released Tuesday found that “56% of respondents said they were more likely to work for a company that offered health insurance that offered cannabis care,” and “44% said they were more likely to work for a company that offered health insurance that offered cannabis care.” It was also found that some respondents said they would reconsider employment with a company that does. You will be screened for previous cannabis use or if you are prohibited from using cannabis outside of the workplace. ”
EO Care bills itself as “the first clinically guided cannabis health and wellness solution for employers,” and says its “digital health services help employees decide whether or not to include cannabis as part of their healthcare journey.” “We provide HR and benefits leaders with the tools they need to make decisions.” We provide clinical education and personalized care guidance, including overuse of cannabis, which is becoming increasingly common due to a lack of medical guidance. ”
“Built on data from leading cannabis clinicians and researchers, EO Care provides clinician guidance and a unique data model to help employers tackle unguided cannabis use. , provides employees with effective options in cancer treatment, pain management, opioid substitution, anxiety, and sleep management. The company is led by a team of experts in CX healthcare, biotechnology, and data intelligence.” says this week’s press release.