What's driving a boom in medicinal cannabis scripts?

Australian research shows the drug is being prescribed for chronic pain, anxiety and sleep disorders, says co-author Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos

 A rise in medicinal cannabis prescribing means more than 200,000 scripts are being written a year, according to a new Australian study.

Associate Professor Vicki Kotsirilos.

Since the drug was approved in 2016 under the TGA's Special Access Scheme Category B a total of 248,000 scripts have been issued.

However, the vast majority (85%) were written between 2020 and 2021, shows

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