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Table 2 Patterns of medical cannabis use (n = 128 unless specified)

From: Survey of Australians using cannabis for medical purposes

  Total (%) Male (%) Female (%)
Current use 85 86 83
Length of use    
   <1 year 12 9 17
   1–5 yrs 27 23 35
   6–10 yrs 20 26 10
   11–15 yrs 9 10 8
   16–20 yrs 10 10 10
   >20 yrs 21 23 19
Frequency of use (n = 126)    
   several times a day 39 45 29
   6–7 days/wk 24 19 31
   1–5 days/wk 14 14 13
   less than weekly 2 3 2
   very seldom 2 1 2
   as required 20 18 23
Method(s) of use (n = 127)    
   eaten as cooked recipe 49 48 50
   drunk as tea 7 8 6
   smoked as cigarette (joint) 65 58 77
   smoked as dry pipe (chillum) 24 28 19
   smoked as water pipe (bong) 54 58 46
   vaporiser 8 11 2
   eaten as leaf/flower matter 3 4 2
Most helpful method of use (n = 126)    
   eaten as cooked recipe 16 15 17
   drunk as tea 2 3 2
   smoked as cigarette (joint) 31 26 40
   smoked as dry pipe (chillum) 10 13 4
   smoked as water pipe (bong) 33 36 29
   vaporiser 2 3 2
   other 6 5 6