Southland medical cannabis users treating chronic pain

Cannabis Clinic spokesperson Dr Waseem Alzaher hopes that destigmatising the use of medical cannabis will help those who use it to treat mental health.

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Cannabis Clinic spokesperson Dr Waseem Alzaher hopes that destigmatising the use of medical cannabis will help those who use it to treat mental health.

At least 77 Southlanders used medical cannabis prescriptions during the first half of the year, government data shows, and most are using it for chronic pain.

Southlanders make up among the smallest number of medical cannabis users in New Zealand, representing just two per cent of the 1842 prescriptions nationwide.

Otago patients, in comparison, make up six per cent of the national total.

There’s been a big jump in these number throughout the country, data shows, with an 84 per cent jump in the volume of medical cannabis prescriptions from January to July, from 1002 to 1842.

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