By Lucas De Vries

November 14, 2019
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According
to a new survey by the center for medicinal cannabis, 1.4 million adults in the
UK illegally obtain cannabis to treat chronic pain.

Previous
estimates suggesting that between 50,000 and 1.1 million people in the United
Kingdom were using cannabis for medical purposes now seem very much underestimated.
According to the largest sample of surveys ever conducted, the number of people
reporting using cannabis purchased from the street to treat a diagnosed medical
problem is about 2.8% of the adult population.

Of these,
56% use cannabis daily to treat their symptoms. 23% use it every week. 9% did
not spend money on cannabis (which implies personal production), 44% spent up
to £99 (115 euros) per month and 21% spent between £100 and 199 (230 euros).

Further
information on the diseases for which cannabis has been used, as well as the
social, age and geographical groups that have used it, has been collected and
will be published in a future report.

Anne Keen,
President of Cannabis Advocacy and Support Services (CASS) and a member of the
Queen’s Nursing Institute, said: “These figures show a large number of
patients in the United Kingdom with chronic and disabling diseases who believe
they have no choice but to expose themselves to all the risks associated with
accessing a product that is acquired in an illegal market. Controlled, safe but
innovative solutions must be explored as soon as possible.”

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