Tracking How You Feel – Finding What Works for You as a Unique Individual
Not only is it essential to tune into how we feel, adding a scientific way of measuring this is essential. Measuring the results of the actions we take for our health is now known as ‘real-world data.’
Researchers are beginning to notice real-world data and how powerful this health information can be to help you improve chronic issues and symptoms and further customize your experience.
Traditionally, doctors have relied on, and in many cases demanded, Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trials (RCTs). In RCTs, a drug is tested against a placebo or sugar pill under very controlled conditions. The results from RCTs became the evidence that something worked – but unfortunately, anything that lacked these multi-million pound RCTs was dismissed.
This was the case with cannabis medicines until patients, advocates, and later, researchers started proving how well cannabinoids work for everything from anxiety to chronic pain and epilepsy. They proved this by using their own experience – tracking, documenting, and sharing their biodata – what they did and their results.
Real-world data could then prove what impact the different interventions – whether this was medicines, mind-body interventions, or diet – had on people who reported results such as reduced anxiety, more pain-free days, or fewer seizures.