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Table 2 Patterns of use and illness/es treated

From: Exploring the use of cannabis as a substitute for prescription drugs in a convenience sample

  Total sample (n = 2.841) Substitution users (n = 1.546) Odds of substituting
N (%) N (%) OR (95% CI)
Types of cannabis
 THC-oil 697 (24.5) 415 (26.8) 1.28* (1.07–1.53)
 CBD-oil 1.850 (65.1) 1.008 (65.2) 0.96 (0.81–1.13)
 Hash, pot or skunk 1.035 (36.4) 566 (36.6) 1.16 (0.97–1.38)
 Cannabis based (Marinol, Sativex) 172 (6.1) 105 (6.8) 1.22 (0.89–1.69)
 Whole plant trial (Bedrocan, Bediol) 54 (1.9) 34 (2.2) 1.42 (0.81–2.51)
 Other 221 (7.8) 124 (8) 1.03 (0.78–1.37)
Respondents only using CBD oil 1.086 (38.2) 560 (36.2) 0.79* (0.67–0.93)
Frequency of use
 6–7 days a week 2.141 (75.4) 1.197 (77.4) 1.00 (reference)
 3–5 days a week 366 (12.9) 187 (12.1) 0.86 (0.69–1.08)
 1–2 days a week 162 (5.7) 76 (4.9) 0.78 (0.56–1.08)
 A few times a month 92 (3.2) 45 (2.9) 0.83 (0.54–1.27)
 Very rarely 50 (1.8) 24 (1.6) 0.74 (0.42–1.31)
 Missing 30 (1.1) 17 (1.1)  
Most frequent form of intake
 Smoked 686 (24.2) 355 (23) 0.94 (0.76–1.13)
 Vaporized 102 (3.6) 54 (3.5) 1.03 (0.69–1.56)
 Oil 1.601 (56.4) 861 (55.7) 0.87 (0.74–1.02)
 Edibles, suppositories, tea, topical 142 (5) 87 (5.6) 1.37 (0.96–1.95)
 Capsules 119 (4.2) 71 (4.6) 1.23 (0.84–1.79)
 Other 172 (6.1) 107 (6.9) 1.35 (0.97–1.86)
 Missing 19 (0.6) 11 (0.7)  
Level of recreational experience
 Novice (lifetime use < 5 times) 1.803 (63.5) 991 (64.1) 1.00 (reference)
 Experienced (lifetime use > 5 times) 981 (34.5) 531 (34.4) 1.08 (0.90–1.28)
 Missing 57 (2) 24 (1.6)  
Prescription for medical cannabis
 No 2.586 (91) 1.381 (89.3) 1.00 (reference)
 Yes 238 (8.4) 162 (10.5) 1.68*** (1.26–2.24)
 Missing 17 (0.6) 3 (0.2)  
User status
 Current user of CaM 2.588 (91.1) 1.414 (91.5) 1.00 (reference)
 Former user of CaM 253 (8.9) 132 (8.5) 0.94 (0.72–1.23)
Illnesses treated with CaM
 Somatic condition 2.083 (73.3) 1.196 (77.4) 1.44*** (1.21–1.71)
 Psychiatric condition 1.055 (37.1) 593 (38.4) 1.15 (0.98–1.35)
 Chronic pain 932 (32.8) 642 (41.5) 2.30*** (1.94–2.72)
 Sleep disturbances 793 (27.9) 443 (28.7) 1.09 (0.92–1.29)
 Stress 684 (24.1) 351 (22.7) 0.91 (0.76–2.94)
Mean number of conditions treated with CaM 3.2 (SD 2.5) 3.6 (SD 2.6)*** z = − 9.01, r = − 0.17
  1. For overview of Somatic and Psychiatric conditions see “Appendix 2
  2. OR odds ratio; CI confidence interval
  3. *p < 0.05; ***p < 0.001