A Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Cannabis Users: Patterns of Use and Perceived Efficacy

@article{Sexton2016ACS,
  title={A Cross-Sectional Survey of Medical Cannabis Users: Patterns of Use and Perceived Efficacy},
  author={Michelle Sexton and Carrie Cuttler and John S. Finnell and Laurie K Mischley},
  journal={Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research},
  year={2016},
  volume={1},
  pages={131 - 138}
}
Abstract Background: The political climate around Cannabis as a medicine is rapidly changing. Legislators are adopting policies regarding appropriate medical applications, while the paucity of research may make policy decisions around conditions for which Cannabis is an effective medicine difficult. Methods: An anonymous online survey was developed to query medical Cannabis users about the conditions they use Cannabis to treat, their use patterns, perception of efficacy, and physical and mental… 

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