Need more health and happiness in your life? Try a little weed

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The 808 cannabis users and 468 controls were patients with a diagnosed health condition or caregivers of said patients. The former reported significantly better quality of life, greater health satisfaction, improved sleep, lower average pain severity, lower anxiety and lower depression than controls. Just 27 per cent of participants reported that a physician explicitly recommended medicinal cannabis use. Researchers suggest the difference between weed users and controls may come down to medical cannabis consumption. Just 27 per cent of participants reported that a physician explicitly recommended medicinal cannabis use. / Photo: Getty Images Everything was not sweet and light, however.

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A new study out of the U.S. sought to get a fix on the health and quality of life of weed users compared to non-users, with the findings reflecting what many cannabis consumers have said years: weed helps.

“Cannabis use was associated with improved health and quality of life,” concludes the longitudinal, web-based study involving 1,276 participants. The 808 cannabis users and 468 controls were patients with a diagnosed health condition or caregivers of said patients.

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