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Table 11 Medicinal cannabis reported as a substitute for prescription drugs among various pain syndromes and “Yes” responses on ID Migraine™ questionnaire

From: Patterns of medicinal cannabis use, strain analysis, and substitution effect among patients with migraine, headache, arthritis, and chronic pain in a medicinal cannabis cohort

Prescription drugs replaced
  Yes Opiates, opioids NSAIDs, Analgesics Triptans/Ergots Anti-depressant, Anti-anxiety Anti-convulsant Muscle Relaxers
Headache as primary symptom (505) 272 (53.9%) 118 (43.4%) 57 (21%) 22 (8.1%)/1 (0.4%) 106 (39%) 21 (7.7%) 19 (7%)
Headache as primary illness (75) 36 (48%) 19 (52.8%) 11 (30.6%) 14 (38.9%) 5 (13.9%) 1 (2.8%) 4 (11.1%)
Chronic pain as primary illness (598) 316 (52.8%) 230 (72.8%) 64 (20.3%) 3 (1%) 74 (23.4%) 41 (13%) 30 (9.5%)
Arthritis as primary illness (188) 90 (47.9%) 48 (53.3%) 37 (41.1%) 2 (2.2%) 15 (16.7%) 5 (5.6%) 7 (7.8%)
3 Yes (343)a 204 (59.5%) 92 (45.1%) 45 (22.1%) 20 (9.8%)/1 (0.5%) 84 (41%) 13 (6%) 15 (7.4%)
2 Yes (102)b 42 (41.2%) 17 (40.5%) 6 (14.3%) 2 (4.8%) 15 (35.7%) 6 (14.3%) 4 (9.5%)
3 + 2 Yes (445) 246 (55.3%) 109 (44.3%) 51 (20.7%) 22 (8.9%)/1 (0.4%) 99 (40.2%) 19 (7.7%) 19 (7.7%)
  1. a3 “Yes” responses = 97% probability of migraine
  2. b2 “Yes” responses = 93% probability of migraine