Research A new study by the Johns Hopkins University found an increase in the employment rate of adults (51 +) in US states that allowed the use of medical cannabis.
The study begins by quoting previous studies on the subject, which found that deterioration in health is one of the most common reasons that causes an aging population to retire from work or go to work part-time.
Medical cannabis has been found to be an effective treatment for a variety of common diseases that affect the working ability of a large percentage of adults in the United States, such as low back pain (35% of the population over 45) and arthritis (29% over 45).
Accordingly, the improvement in medical condition following the use of medical cannabis should translate into an increase in the labor force of the adult population.
The study examined 100,000 clinical data over 51, 1992-2012, and found an increase of 3 in the number of adults (51 +) working full-time in countries that approved medical cannabis. In addition, there was also an increase of 3 in the number of weekly hours in which this population segment works.
These numbers may not sound large but are statistically significant and refer to improved productivity observed in the adult population of entire countries - not just those treated with medical cannabis.
In adults who were eligible for medical cannabis, 6.6 was reduced by self-reported pain, and 4.8 was increased by self-reported health.
According to the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health where the study was conducted, these results may influence policy makers on medical cannabis, and expand support for research on its medical effects.
To date 34 states in the US (including Washington DC) allow the use of medical cannabis.