MD and pain specialist
The study aims to supply further knowledge among general practitioners, who hesitate to prescribe medical cannabis to their patients and to adequately equip the medical profession in relation to knowledge of treatment, effect, and side effects. One of the challenges in this context is the still missing documentation of the impact of medical cannabis, and the
– We contacted several associations to find a number of candidates who were willing to participate in a course of treatment with medical cannabis. The interest was overwhelming, and we have now started the first 20 patients – and will start 10 more in September. The patients are all plagued by pain of varying intensity, and for the most part, are already being treated with painkillers. The goal of our study is to investigate whether medical cannabis can fully or partially help patients to a life where severe pain is not the limiting factor.
All the participants in the observation study are equipped with an Apple Watch, on which they enter their level of pain, nausea, and headache when they feel one or more of the symptoms into an app developed by Shape A/S, which is also a partner in the project. The data is registered directly in the patient record of
– It is very important to show that medical cannabis has a positive influence on “secondary effects” – usually defined as “quality of life”. That is why we also place great emphasis on data such as sleep patterns, level of activity, level of training and ECG, all of which are data points that the watches send automatically. We therefore expect to be able to show that, although medical cannabis may not have a direct healing effect on the indication itself, in most cases it helps to relieve the patient’s pain, so that he/she sleeps better, moves more and generally gets an increased quality of life, says
CEO of DanCann Pharma
– In the industry, we have missed similar measures that can help shed light on and inform about the effects of treatment with medical cannabis. Through Project Horsted Digital, we get access to validated data, and we hope to be able to shed light on the fact that medical cannabis can help a large number of patients as an alternative for the many who have been given up on by the system when it comes to conventional treatment methods. 80% of the people who are treated with medical cannabis obtain the products on the illegal market, where there is no guarantee for product and contents. The industry, together with politicians and NGOs, needs to change this, and an important step on the way is more and better documentation. And hopefully more doctors will be willing to give medical cannabis a chance based on this. That is the goal.
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