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Table 4 Side-effect profile of medical cannabis use

From: Medical cannabis use in the Australian community following introduction of legal access: the 2018–2019 Online Cross-Sectional Cannabis as Medicine Survey (CAMS-18)

Side-effectSeverity
Mild and tolerableSevere and/or intolerable
Dry mouth (n = 977)601 (61.5%)23 (2.4%)
Increased appetite (n = 976)578 (59.2%)47 (4.8%)
Drowsy (n = 976)534 (54.7%)13 (1.3%)
Eye irritation (n = 974)294 (30.2%)8 (0.8%)
Lack of energy or fatigue (n = 973)287 (29.5%)20 (2.1%)
Anxiety (n = 974)228 (23.4%)23 (2.4%)
Memory impairment (n = 973)227 (23.3%)16 (1.6%)
Dehydration (n = 975)220 (22.6%)9 (0.9%)
Confusion (n = 975)144 (14.8%)9 (0.9%)
Respiratory complaints (n = 973)141 (14.5%)5 (0.5%)
Dizzy (n = 974)137 (14.1%)6 (0.6%)
Residual bad taste in mouth (n = 973)135 (13.9%)12 (1.2%)
Decreased Appetite (n = 975)127 (13.0%)8 (0.8%)
Paranoia (n = 973)111 (11.4%)9 (0.9%)
Racing heart or palpitations (n = 972)106 (10.9%)11 (1.1%)
Sweating (n = 974)90 (9.2%)10 (1.0%)
Depressed (n = 974)87 (8.9%)15 (1.5%)
Headaches (n = 973)73 (7.5%)11 (1.1%)
Sleep disturbance (n = 973)72 (7.4%)14 (1.4%)
Diarrhea (n = 974)65 (6.7%)7 (0.7%)
Constipation (n = 974)52 (5.3%)7 (0.7%)
Nasal Complaints (n = 973)46 (4.7%)8 (0.8%)
Gastro-intestinal irritation (n = 973)44 (4.5%)7 (0.7%)
Allergy (n = 974)41 (4.2%)5 (0.5%)
Panic Attacks (n = 973)38 (3.9%)8 (0.8%)
Shaking/tremor (n = 972)37 (3.8%)4 (0.4%)
Nausea/vomiting (n = 973)36 (3.7%)6 (0.6%)
Delusion (n = 974)24 (2.5%)4 (0.4%)
Hallucinations (n = 973)22 (2.3%)3 (0.3%)
Cannabis hyperemesis (n = 974)12 (1.2%)8 (0.8%)
Other (n = 970)3 (0.3%)11 (1.1%)