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Table 1 Characteristics of patients authorized medical cannabis in Ontario and Alberta, Canada (n = 65,245)

From: Gaps in evidence for the use of medically authorized cannabis: Ontario and Alberta, Canada

Characteristic All patients (N = 65,245) Ontario patients (N = 61,835) Alberta patients (N = 3410)
Age (years)
< 21 576 (0.9) 531 (0.9) 45 (1.3)
21–30 4732 (7.3) 4451 (7.2) 281 (8.2)
31–40 9814 (15.0) 9269 (15.0) 545 (16.0)
41–50 11,492 (17.6) 10,904 (17.6) 588 (17.2)
51–60 15,653 (24.0) 14,873 (24.1) 780 (22.9)
61–70 12,599 (19.3) 11,948 (19.3) 651 (19.1)
71–80 7012 (10.8) 6656 (10.8) 356 (10.4)
81–90 2960 (4.5) 2806 (4.5) 154 (4.5)
> 90 406 (0.6) 396 (0.6) 10 (0.3)
Sex
Female 35,135 (53.9) 33,236 (53.8) 1899 (55.7)
Male 30,109 (46.1) 28,598 (46.2) 1511 (44.3)
Other 1 (0.0) 1 (0.0)
Neighborhood income quintile
1 12,814 (19.6) 11,880 (19.2) 934 (27.4)
2 14,565 (22.3) 13,628 (22.0) 937 (27.5)
3 13,420 (20.6) 12,894 (20.9) 526 (15.4)
4 15,068 (23.1) 14,470 (23.4) 598 (17.5)
5 9063 (13.9) 8672 (14.0) 391 (11.5)
Missing 315 (0.5) 291 (0.5) 24 (0.7)
GAD-7 N = 37,303 N = 36,962 N = 341
None 11,809 (31.7) 11,701 (31.7) 108 (31.67)
Mild 8496 (22.8) 8419 (22.8) 77 (22.6)
Moderate 7400 (19.8) 7319 (19.8) 81 (23.8)
Severe 9598 (25.7) 9523 (25.8) 75 (22.0)
PHQ-9 N = 37,338 N = 36,995 N = 343
None 8777 (23.5) 8689 (23.5) 88 (25.7)
Mild 9769 (26.2) 9686 (26.2) 83 (24.2)
Moderate 8005 (21.4) 7912 (21.4) 93 (27.1)
Moderately severe 6106 (16.4) 6057 (16.4) 49 (14.3)
Severe 4681 (12.5) 4651 (12.6) 30 (8.8)
CAGE N = 34,534 N = 34,316 N = 218
Negative 30,758 (89.1) 30,565 (89.1) 193 (88.5)
Positive 3776 (10.9) 3751 (10.9) 25 (11.5)
Method of use
Smoking 33,024 (50.6) 31,301 (50.6) 1723 (50.5)
Vaping 30,044 (46.1) 29,536 (47.8) 508 (14.9)
Ingesting 42,366 (64.9) 40,448 (65.4) 1918 (56.3)
Topical use 2026 (3.1) 1980 (3.2) 46 (1.4)
Unknown 22,249 (34.1) 20,757 (33.6) 1492 (43.8)