One study coming from one of the more advanced countries when it comes to medical marijuana research has revealed patients undergoing medical marijuana treatment experience less pain and are better able to function. The Israeli study led by Professor Pesach Shvartzman from Ben-Gurion University followed medical cannabis patients for two years. Of those who participated in the study, 99.6 percent requested access to medical marijuana due to the fact their prescribed medications were ineffective. Additionally, 55.6 percent of participants said they experienced negative side effects with their prescribed medications.
Most of the patients, about three-quarters, chose to medicate via smoking herbal cannabis. Twenty-one percent of users chose to use oil extracts. At the conclusion of the study, most users reported improvements in pain, anxiety, nausea, appetite, and mood, but 77 percent also experienced minor side effects, like dry mouth, mood alteration or hunger. Only six percent of users reported cannabis as ineffective.