Popularity of U.S. Medical-Use Markets Far Outpaces Federal Policies

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As the number of Americans suffering from chronic pain reaches 50 million, an increasing percentage of patients are turning to medical cannabis and reporting extremely strong results, suggesting high growth potential as medical markets expand globally.

According to the National Institutes of Health, among all U.S. adults, nearly 40 million (17.6%) report suffering from severe pain, while about 25.3 million (11.2%) complained of experiencing daily pain throughout the previous three months. Chronic pain is more than an uncomfortable nuisance: People coping with severe pain had worse health, used more health care resources, and experienced more disability than other adults.