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Study shows medical marijuana users tend to be young males

A study of medical marijuana users in California, conducted by The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, has found that medical marijuana users are in some ways just as stereotype would suggest: young men using marijuana for pain relief. In other ways, however, the study reached some startling conclusions, namely that medical marijuana users are less likely to use alcohol, cocaine or prescription drugs than the population as a whole

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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 29, 2011

A study of medical marijuana users in California, conducted by The Journal of Psychoactive Drugs, has found that medical marijuana users are in some ways just as stereotype would suggest: young men using marijuana for pain relief. In other ways, however, the study reached some startling conclusions, namely that medical marijuana users are less likely to use alcohol, cocaine or prescription drugs than the population as a whole.

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Excerpted from a NORML blog discussing the study:](http://blog.norml.org/2011/07/21/who-are-americas-medical-marijuana-patients/)

Seventy-three percent of patients are male and use is heaviest in the 25-44 year age group.

Eighty-three percent use it for pain, 70.7% to improve sleep, 55% for “relaxation”, 41% for muscle spasms, 41% for headaches, 38% for anxiety, 28% for nausea and 26% for depression.

Fifty-one percent say they use as a substitute for prescription medication, and medical cannabis users report significantly lower alcohol & cocaine use than the average population, supporting the substitution theory that more cannabis use may lead to less abuse of other drugs.

Karan Emery | I'm a research scientist interested in learning more about how neural activity influences and shapes human behavior. Project design and management, data analysis and interpretation, and the creation and implementation of testing tools are among my specialties. I enjoy coming up with new ideas and coming up with practical solutions to issues that are widely applicable. My colleagues would describe me as a driven, resourceful individual who maintains a positive, proactive attitude when faced with adversity. Currently, I’m seeking opportunities that will allow me to develop and promote technologies that benefit human health. Specific fields of interest include data analytics, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals.

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