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Table 4 Comparison of cannabis with other medications (n = 128 unless specified).

From: Survey of Australians using cannabis for medical purposes

  Total Male Female
Decreased or discontinued use of other medicines (n = 117*) 62% 65 58
Comparison of undesirable effects (n = 125)    
   Cannabis produced much worse effects than other medicines 1 0 2
   Cannabis produced somewhat worse effects 2 4 0
   Undesired effects about the same 8 8 9
   Other meds produced somewhat worse effects than cannabis 16 14 19
   Other medicines produced much worse effects than cannabis 41 40 43
   I have no undesirable effects from cannabis 31 33 28
   Other medicines work differently 1 1 0
Comparison of relief provided (n = 118*)    
   Other medicines work much better than cannabis 3 0 7
   Other medicines work a bit better than cannabis 3 4 0
   Other medicines work about the same as cannabis 9 8 9
   Cannabis works a bit better than other medicines 13 11 15
   Cannabis works much better than others medication 54 58 48
   Only cannabis gives me relief from my condition 15 15 15
   Other medicines work differently 2 0 4
   Can't distinguish – use them together 1 1 2
   Use cannabis to relieve side effects of other medicines 1 1 0
  1. *Some people did not use other medications concurrently