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Table 2 Reason for Medical Cannabis Authorization in Ontario and Alberta Adult Patients (n = 65,245)

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

Disorder All (N = 65,245) Ontario (N = 61,835) Alberta (N = 3410)
Pain 49,621 (76.0) 46,987 (76.0) 2634 (77.2)
Endometriosis 444 (0.7) 416 (0.7) 28 (0.8)
Cancer pain 4933 (7.6) 4744 (7.7) 189 (5.5)
Arthritic pain 14,547 (22.7) 13,730 (22.2) 817 (24.0)
Neurologic pain 11,772 (18.0) 11,173 (18.1) 599 (17.6)
Musculoskeletal pain 16,451 (25.2) 15,607 (25.2) 1832 (53.7)
Mental health 25,081 (38.4) 23,960 (38.7) 1121 (32.9)
Anxiety 16,088 (24.7) 15,272 (24.7) 816 (23.9)
Depression 10,236 (15.7) 9727 (15.7) 509 (14.9)
PTSD 2581 (4.0) 2463 (4.0) 118 (3.5)
Bipolar 1340 (2.0) 1300 (2.1) 40 (1.2)
ADHD 984 (1.5) 935 (1.5) 49 (1.4)
Panic disorder 2331 (3.6) 2272 (3.7) 59 (1.7)
ADD 4854 (7.4) 4774 (7.7) 80 (2.4)
Mood disorder 2542 (3.9) 2457 (4.0) 85 (2.5)
Stress 2370 (3.6) 2285 (3.7) 85 (2.5)
OCD 424 (0.6) 398 (0.6) 26 (0.8)
Schizophrenia 325 (0.5) 319 (0.5) 6 (0.2)
Autoimmune 13,729 (21.0) 13,243 (21.4) 486 (14.2)
Multiple sclerosis 12,084 (18.5) 11,666 (18.9) 418 (12.3)
IBS 1741 (2.7) 1686 (2.7) 55 (1.6)
Lupus 301 (0.5) 285 (0.5) 16 (0.5)
Sjogren’s 97 (0.1) 90 (0.2) 7 (0.2)
Sleep problems 16,122 (24.7) 15,159 (24.5) 963 (28.2)
Insomnia 6706 (10.3) 6003 (9.7) 703 (20.6)
Fatigue 1835 (2.8) 1787 (2.9) 48 (1.4)
Sleep apnea 904 (1.4) 879 (1.4) 25 (0.7)
Neurological 5052 (7.7) 4829 (7.8) 223 (6.5)
Neuropathy 2079 (3.2) 1992 (3.2) 87 (2.6)
Parkinson’s 678 (1.0) 642 (1.0) 36 (1.1)
Seizure 1150 (1.8) 1111 (1.8) 39 (1.1)
Epilepsy 606 (0.9) 576 (0.9) 30 (0.9)
Restless leg syndrome 406 (0.6) 384 (0.6) 22 (0.7)
Tremor 894 (1.4) 850 (1.4) 44 (1.3)
ALS 108 (0.2) 107 (0.2) 1 (0.03)
Cerebral palsy 107 (0.2) 106 (0.2) 1 (0.03)
Gastrointestinal 2818 (4.3) 2710 (4.4) 108 (3.2)
Crohn’s 764 (1.2) 731 (1.2) 33 (1.0)
Colitis 469 (0.7) 444 (0.7) 25 (0.7)
Other 10,517 (16.1) 10,081 (16.3) 436 (12.8)
Osteoporosis 3274 (5.0) 3110 (5.0) 164 (4.8)
Nausea 2938 (4.5) 2855 (4.6) 83 (2.4)
 Cancer-related nausea 1049 (1.6) 1025 (1.7) 24 (0.7)
Diabetes 1348 (2.1) 1251 (2.0) 97 (2.8)
Appetite 2307 (3.5) 2250 (3.6) 57 (1.7)
 Cancer-related appetite 975 (1.5) 954 (1.5) 21 (0.6)
COPD 936 (1.4) 907 (1.5) 29 (0.8)
Concussion 524 (0.8) 501 (0.8) 23 (0.7)
Autism 198 (0.3) 188 (0.3) 10 (0.3)
Glaucoma 295 (0.4) 287 (0.5) 8 (0.2)
Huntington’s 17 (0.03) 16 (0.03) 1 (0.03)
Uncategorized 5796 (8.9) 5729 (9.3) 67 (2.0)
  1. PTSD post-traumatic stress disorder, ADHD attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, ADD attention deficit disorder, OCD obsessive compulsive disorder, IBS irritable bowel syndrome, ALS amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, COPD chronic obstructive pulmonary disease