AUG. 13, 2018 - MEDICINAL CANNABIS IN AUSTRALIA, 2016: THE CANNABIS AS MEDICINE SURVEY
Results: Most of the
1748 participants were men (68.1%) and employed (56.6%), with a mean
age of 37.9 years (SD, 13.4 years) and mean reported period of
medical cannabis use of 9.8 years (SD, 12.5 years). The most frequent
reasons for medical cannabis use were anxiety (50.7%), back pain
(50.0%), depression (49.3%), and sleep problems (43.5%). Respondents
had used medical cannabis on a mean of 19.9 of the previous 28 days
(SD, 10.0 days), spending a mean $68.60 (SD, $85.00) per week, and
83.4% had inhaled the substance. Participants reported high levels of
clinical effectiveness and frequent side effects, including
drowsiness, ocular irritation, lethargy and memory impairment; 17%
met DSM-5 criteria for moderate or severe cannabis use disorder. Many
reported harms or concerns related to the illicit status of cannabis.
Participants believed that medical cannabis should be integrated into
mainstream health care, and that products should be required to meet
consistency and safety standards.
sourced cannabis is used to treat a broad range of medical conditions
in Australia. Future models of prescribed medical cannabis take
consumer patterns of use and demand into consideration.
Nicholas Lintzeris, Jessica Driels, Natalie Elias, Jonathon C Arnold,
Iain S McGregor and David J Allsop, Med J Aust 2018 Published
online: 13 August 2018