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Table 2 Examples of patient treatment goals when using medical cannabis

From: Consensus recommendations on dosing and administration of medical cannabis to treat chronic pain: results of a modified Delphi process

• Improve quality of life
• Improve function
• Improve overall analgesic efficacy
• Improve self-efficacy
• Improve sleep
• Improve mood
• Reduce anhedonia
• Reduce anxiety
• Address breakthrough pain symptoms
• Address episodic symptoms and exacerbations
• Improvement in disease specific symptoms and symptom burden
• Spare opioids and support opioid tapers
• Reduce benzodiazepine use
• Reduce skeletal muscle relaxant use
• Reduce hypnotic use
• Reduce illicit substance use
• Reduce nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) use
• Reduce legal substance use (eg, alcohol, tobacco)
• Mitigate opioid-related adverse effects
• Reduce opioid withdrawal symptom