What is Medical marijuana?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture Charlotte's Web Bediol Show all

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See also: Marijuana

Medical marijuana refers to the use of the cannabis plant as a physician-recommended herbal therapy as well as synthetic THC and cannabinoids. It is legal in including Canada, Belgium, Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Spain, and some U.S. states.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain 187 183
Difficulty sleeping through night 128 133
Nausea 79 79
Anxious mood 30 31
Fibromyalgia 26 22
Depressed mood 20 18

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  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 6
Moderate 24
Mild 103
None 137

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Medical marijuana

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 13
Drowsiness 11
Sleepiness 6
The munchies 6
Dizziness 5
Hunger 5

Show all 83 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Medical marijuana

Dosage Patients
1INH as needed 6
1 g daily 4
1 other daily 4
1other as needed 4
1 INH daily 3
2 g daily 3
2 INH daily 3
3 g daily 3
2INH as needed 3
3INH as needed 3

See all 71 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Medical marijuana

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 15
Did not seem to work 11
Side effects too severe 10
Expense 8
Personal research 3
Course of treatment ended 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 32 patients who’ve stopped taking Medical marijuana

Duration

Currently taking Medical marijuana

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 9
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Medical marijuana

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 7
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 145
Usually 87
Sometimes 32
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 17
Somewhat hard to take 34
A little hard to take 59
Not at all hard to take 160
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 71
$100-199 56
$50-99 30
$25-49 23
< $25 39
Not specified 51

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Medical marijuana after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 9
Hydrocodone-Acetaminophen (Norco) 8
Pregabalin (Lyrica) 7
Clonazepam (Klonopin) 5
Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) 5

Show all 60 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
Methocarbamol (Robaxin) 1

Show all 9 treatments patients report switching to

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21 patient evaluations for Medical marijuana

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ChronicWarrior
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ChronicWarrior
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 48
Condition: Brain Tumor 13 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Severe
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Brain Tumor

See ChronicWarrior's full Medical marijuana history

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
kdddsr@yahoo.com
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kdddsr@yahoo.com
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: None
Fatigue: None
Sleep: None
Stiffness: None
function: All
external_stress: None
Stickman: none
Description:F36y
FM:6y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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Sep 8, 2016 (Started May 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for TMJ (Temporomandibular joint) pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 INH Three times daily
Advice & Tips: Medical marijuana saved my life.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

May 8, 2015 (Started May 08, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome))
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Degenerative Disc Disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 INH Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I was on 19 prescriptions. 2 weeks after smoking medical marajuana my doctor took me off of every prescription and a year ago i weighed 76 pounds heavier. I was 196, a year later i am now 122

  • 1 helpful mark
fermat
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fermat
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Mild
Overall: None
Cognition: mild
Vision: none
Speech: mild
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: mild
Walking: none
I am: g
I have:
MS

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Apr 25, 2016 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Promote relaxation)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Weekly
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 7, 2015 (Started Jun 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Promote relaxation)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Pain)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Difficulty sleeping through night)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 15 mg Weekly
Advice & Tips: On a trip to Colorado last summer, right after back-to-back surgeries for a cataract and for a basal cell carcinoma on my nose, our hotel in Denver was located a few doors from a recreational marijuana shop. We tried some edibles (chocolate), and I noticed that the remaining pain from the BCC surgery, while not gone, was easier to ignore. I also noticed a relaxed feeling I hadn't enjoyed for years, since I currently avoid alcohol consumption due to liver side-effects of my fingolomid therapy for MS. I also perceived sensation in parts of my body that hadn't been sensitive for nearly twenty years, due to peripheral neuropathies from MS; whether just imaginary, or due to reduced distraction I don't know, but it was nice. When we returned to San Francisco the following week, I was evaluated for (and received_ a medical marijuana license, and have noticed continuation of the benefits.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 2 helpful marks
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