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Medical Cannabis Market

Medical Cannabis Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Product Type, Application and End User : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030

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Author's: Smita Nerkar | Roshan Deshmukh
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Medical Cannabis Market Statistics

The global medical cannabis market size was valued at $6,822.21 Million in 2020 and is projected to reach $53,883.46 Million by 2030 registering a CAGR of 23.6% from 2021 to 2030. Legalization of cannabis across various regions and rise in awareness among consumers regarding health benefits of cannabis and its growing medical application such as treatment of wide range of diseases and symptoms, including cancer, chronic pain, depression, arthritis, diabetes, glaucoma, migraines, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Parkinson’s, and Tourette’s drive the growth of the medical cannabis market. In addition, novel product development with increased R&D activities fuels growth of the market.

Medical-Cannabis-Market--2021-2030

Medical cannabis, also called medical marijuana, is a herbal drug derived from plants of the genus Cannabis that is used as part of the treatment for a specific symptom or disease such as cancer, chronic pain, and mental disorders. The two major cannabinoids extracted from this plant providing medical benefits include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

Complex regulatory structure for the usage of cannabis and social stigma related to cannabis are expected to hinder growth of the market during the forecast period. In addition, lack of skilled workforce hampers growth of the market. On the contrary, cannabis legalization in Asia-Pacific is expected to offer profitable opportunities for growth of the medical cannabis market during the forecast period.

Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Medical Cannabis Market  

The outbreak of COVID-19 has disrupted the workflow in the healthcare sector around the world. The disease has forced a number of industries to halt their activities temporarily, including several subdomains of healthcare. The medical cannabis market is further facing a period of short-term negative growth, which can be attributed to factors such as a decline in the product demand from major end-users, limited operations in most of the industries, inadequate funding to research and academic institutes, disrupted supply chain, and challenges in terms of providing essential/post-sales services. For instance, the Netherlands' coffeeshops were initially closed, but later deemed essential businesses. 

In North Macedonia, construction of Pharmacon's 178,000-square-foot cannabis grow house slowed due to of social distancing requirements. Moreover, in Barcelona, Cannabis Social Clubs—private, non-profit organizations, in which cannabis is collectively grown and distributed to registered members, shut their doors following the government's declaration of a state of alarm across the country. 

However, cannabis businesses that offer an e-commerce platform are seeing a surge in business. For instance, cannabis retail outlets, producers, manufacturers, distributors, and warehouses were deemed essential services by the Alberta Government on March 30, 2020. As a result, cannabis businesses and services continued to serve Albertans throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Medical Cannabis Market Segmentation  

The global medical cannabis market is segmented into product type, application, end user, and region to provide a detailed assessment of the market. By product type, it is segmented into buds/marijuana flower and cannabis extracts. The cannabis extract segment includes oil, tinctures, and others include hash, dabs. Depending on application, the market is segregated into chronic pain, mental disorders, cancer, and others, including arthritis, epilepsy, migraine, and others. On the basis of end user, it is categorized into pharmaceutical, and research & development centers. Region wise, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and LAMEA.

Segment Review

Depending on product type, the cannabis extract segment dominated the global medical cannabis market in 2020, and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period, owing to factors such as rise in preference for cannabis extracts such as oils and tinctures, legalization of marijuana for treatment of various chronic diseases, and new launches of cannabis extract products.

Medical Cannabis Market
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Cannabis Extract segment holds a dominant position in 2020 and would continue to maintain the lead over the forecast period.

By application, the chronic pain segment led the global medical cannabis market in 2020, and is anticipated to continue this trend during the forecast period. This is attributed to increase in use of medical cannabis for effective treatment for chronic pain, owing to effectiveness in dulling the senses and anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis.

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Chronic Pain segment is projected as one of the most lucrative segment.

On the basis of end user, the pharmaceutical was the major shareholder in 2020, and is expected to remain dominant throughout the forecast period, owing to increase in use of cannabis in the pharmaceutical industry as well as rise in investments by pharma companies in CBD due to the health benefits of cannabis.

Snapshot of the Asia-Pacific Medical Cannabis Market  

Asia-Pacific offers profitable opportunities for key players operating in the medical cannabis market, thereby registering the fastest growth rate during the forecast period, owing to increase in R&D activities for drug discovery using medical cannabis, rise in incidence of chronic disease such as cancer and osteoarthritis, and increase in awareness about benefits associated with medical cannabis.

In addition, factors such as increase in legalization and active research genetic development and modification of the plant as well as advancements in intellectual property rights of cannabis boost the growth of the market in the region. For instance, in January 2018, the Australian Government allowed cannabis producers in the region to export medical cannabis and its products to the global medical cannabis market.   

Medical Cannabis Market
By Region
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North America 
Europe
Asia-Pacific
LAMEA

North America is expected to experience growth at the highest rate, registering a CAGR of 21.20 % during the forecast period.

The key market players profiled in the report include Aurora marijuana Inc., Canopy Growth Corporation, Cronos Group Inc., Maricann Group, Inc., Medical Marijuana, Inc., OrganiGram Holding Inc., Terra Tech Corp., Tikun Olam Ltd., Tilray, Inc., and VIVO Cannabis Inc.

Key Benefits for Stakeholders

  • The study provides an in-depth analysis of the global medical cannabis market along with the current trends and future estimations to explain the imminent investment pockets.
  • A comprehensive analysis of the factors that drive and restrict the market growth is provided in the report.
  • Comprehensive quantitative analysis of the industry from 2020 to 2030 is provided to enable the stakeholders to capitalize on the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Extensive analysis of the key segments of the industry helps to understand the application and products of medical cannabis used across the globe.
  • Key market players and their strategies have been analyzed to understand the competitive outlook of the medical cannabis market.

Medical Cannabis Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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By Product Type
  • Buds/Marijuana Flower
  • Cannabis Extracts
    • Oil
    • Tinctures
    • Others
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By Application
  • Chronic Pain
  • Mental Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Others
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By End User
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Research & Development Centers
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S, Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (Germany, Italy, Denmark, Poland, UK, Rest of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Brazil, South Africa, Rest of LAMEA)
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Key Market Players

Tikun Olam Ltd., Medical Marijuana, Inc., OrganiGram Holding Inc., Terra Tech Corp., Tilray, Inc., VIVO Cannabis Inc., Cronos Group Inc., Maricann Group, Inc., Aurora marijuana Inc., Canopy Growth Corporation.

Analyst Review

Cannabis is a psychoactive drug that is derived from the cannabis plant of the Cannabaceae family. For several years, it has been used medicinally and has wide range of applications in treatment of various diseases, including chronic pain, cancer, depression, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, AIDS, and Alzheimer’s.

Legalization of cannabis across various regions, rise in awareness among consumers regarding health benefits of cannabis and its growing medical application, and novel product development with increased R & D activities are some factors, which boost growth of the market. Furthermore, cannabis legalization in Asia-Pacific is expected to create a lucrative opportunity for market growth. However, complex regulatory structure for the usage of cannabis, and social stigma related to cannabis are expected to hinder growth of the market. 

North America are expected to offer lucrative opportunities to the market during the forecast period, owing to legalization of cannabis in both the U.S. and Canada for medical and recreational purposes and increase in research and development (R&D) activities in the medical applications of cannabis.

Author Name(s) : Smita Nerkar | Roshan Deshmukh
Frequently Asked Questions?

The total market value of Medical Cannabis market is $6822.21 million in 2020.

The forcast period for Medical Cannabis market is 2021 to 2030

The market value of Medical Cannabis market in 2021 is $7990.18 million.

The base year is 2020 in Medical Cannabis market

Top companies such as Medical Marijuana, VIVO Cannabis Inc., Canopy Growth Corporation, Aurora Marijuana, Tilray Inc., and Cronos Group held a high market position in 2020.

Cannabis Extract segment is the most influencing segment owing to growing preference for cannabis extracts such as oils and tinctures, rising legalization of marijuana for treatment of various chronic diseases, and new launches of cannabis extract products.

Rise in legalization of cannabis across various regions, growth in awareness among consumers regarding health benefits of cannabis and its growing medical application and novel product development with increased R & D activities are some factors which boost growth of the market.

Asia-Pacific is expected to experience the highest growth rate during the forecast period, owing to increase in R&D activities for drug discovery using medical cannabis, rise in incidences of chronic disease such as cancer, Osteoarthritis and others, ana increase in awareness about benefits associated with medical cannabis.

Medical cannabis also known as medical marijuana (MMJ), is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients for the treatment of various diseases including chronic pain, cancer, depression, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, AIDS and Alzheimer’s among others.

Medical cannabis used for the treatment of various diseases including chronic pain, cancer, depression, diabetes, arthritis, glaucoma, epilepsy, migraines, AIDS and Alzheimer’s among others.

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Medical Cannabis Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2021-2030