Table: Participants’ Reasons for Initiating THC/CBD Use (N=168)

Reasons (not mutually exclusive) n (%)
To address symptoms (e.g. pain) experienced despite taking medication74 (44)
To address symptoms with less or no medication50 (30)
Nothing else worked to treat condition or symptoms33 (20)
Friend suggested it30 (18)
Saw information online28 (17)
Had used marijuana recreationally and wanted to try it for medical reasons25 (15)
Medical marijuana became legal in state24 (14)
To address side effect(s) from medication19 (11)
Physician suggested it17 (10)
Relative suggested it17 (10)