What is Medical marijuana?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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See also: Cannabis Marijuana

Medical marijuana refers to the use of the cannabis plant as a physician-recommended herbal therapy as well as synthetic THC and cannabinoids.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 207 201
Difficulty sleeping through night 140 141
Nausea 89 87
Anxious mood 32 33
Fibromyalgia 32 26

Show all 239 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
6
Moderate
26
Mild
110
None
157

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medical marijuana

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 14
Drowsiness 13
Sleepiness 8
The munchies 7
Increased appetite 6
Dizziness 5

Show all 91 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Medical marijuana

Dosage Patients
1other as needed 6
1 g daily 5
2 INH daily 5
1INH as needed 5
2INH as needed 4
1 INH daily 3
2 g daily 3
1 INH three times daily 3
1 other daily 2
1 mL twice daily 2

See all 80 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Medical marijuana

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 16
Did not seem to work 13
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 8
Personal research 4
Doctor's advice 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 36 patients who've stopped taking Medical marijuana

Duration

Currently taking Medical marijuana

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Medical marijuana

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 160
Usually 96
Sometimes 37
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 18
Somewhat hard to take 35
A little hard to take 70
Not at all hard to take 176
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 74
$100-199 67
$50-99 32
$25-49 25
< $25 44
Not specified 57

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Medical marijuana after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 11
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 10
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 8
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 8
Tramadol (Ultram) 6

Show all 67 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Medical marijuana and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Buspirone (BuSpar) 1
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 1
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Mirtazapine (Remeron) 1

Show all 8 treatments patients report switching to

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22 patient evaluations for Medical marijuana

Aug 13, 2017 (Started Jul 29, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Daily
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Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 5, 2017 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Jun 12, 2017 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

Aug 3, 2013 (Started May 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily
Cost: $200+ monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 16, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1990)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for muscle and joint pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for major depressive disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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