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Table 3 Perceived positive and negative effects

From: Cannabis against chronic musculoskeletal pain: a scoping review on users and their perceptions

  Perceived positive effect Perceived negative effect
Smoking medical cannabis Enjoyable
Easy to titrate
Immediate pain relief
Less expensive compared to edible or vaping cannabis
Respiratory side effect
Bad smell
Bad taste
Edible medical cannabis Healthier
Tasty when cooked in a recipe
Long-lasting pain relief
No specific medical cannabis use Alleviation of pain, headache, anxiety
Positive effect on mood
Improvement of their general quality of life
Longer effect and less adverse effect compare to opioids and other prescription medication
Increase of appetite
Cognitive effects
Respiratory effects (for cannabis smoking)