A new survey by the German Federal Institute of Medicine and Medical Products shows how often doctors prescribe cannabis – and also what is involved in alternative therapy.
Since 2017, physicians can issue a prescription for healing cannabis. At that time, the scientifically proven benefit of herbicidal healing plants and patients with cancer and other illnesses was recognized at that time – as a result, medicines are now being paid for treatment if the doctor classifies them as promising and other therapies have made no improvements. A recent study shows how the prescription of cannabis has developed since 2017 and what are its side effects.
69 percent cannabis recipe goes to pain patients
At the German Anesthesia Congress from May 9 to 11, 2019, Peter Cremer-Schaeffer from the Federal Bureau of Drugs and Medical Products (BfArM) presented figures showing that anesthesiologists most often prescribe a cannabis drug. Further on, they reported the medical list, Pain patients are most often treated with cannabis: About 69 percent of reported cases were pain patients. Overall, data from 4,774 patients treated with cannabis were evaluated.
Other common cannabis diagnoses prescribed by doctors:
- spasticity: about eleven percent
- Anorexia / consumes syndrome (also HIV cachexia syndrome): eight percent
- Nausea and vomiting, depression or ADHD the percentage of prescriptions is less than five percent compared to all cannabis recipes, as reported by the medical journal.
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Dronabinol as the most popular preparation of cannabis
There was a clear difference in age: Approximately a quarter of 3138 patients with pain have between 50 and 59 years of age. A good 15 percent cannabis recipe was passed on to patients aged 40 to 49 or 60 to 79 years. Even 1,000 evaluated patient data shows that patients have been in pain for at least 12 years.
Doctors only prescribe cannabis products to their patients suffering from pain if other therapies do not work. The drug of dronabinol was the drug of choice in 2.017 of 3.138, 656 patients with pain were prescribed by cannabis flowers by doctors and 400 people with oral cannabis sprays Sativex until 11 March 2019.
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Medical cannabis: These side effects are reported by patients
BfArM also documented the side effects reported by patients after consuming medicinal cannabis.
These side effects have occurred:
- fatigue (16 percent of patients)
- dizziness (12 percent)
- nausea. hangover. attention deficit disorder. Dry mouth and appetite increase (five to seven percent of patients)
interesting: More than one third of pain patients (37.57 percent) stopped using cannabis supplements too earlyThe most common reasons for this were inadequate pain relief and side effects. However, these numbers could not be representative, as reported by BfArM, because in the first year after the evaluation began, only the physician was asked to report data from patients who had interrupted cannabis therapy. Only from March 2018, data on patients who have undergone one-year therapy will be considered.
The next BfArM is expected in July 2019.
There are also several side effects of cannabis use: for example, an elderly gentleman, according to the portal Hytiva, hospitalized after consuming the lice of hemp due to chest pain. There, doctors diagnosed one heart attack.
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