Since seeing our first patient on January 14th, we’ve been compiling a data set of information to better help us, as clinicians, understand the needs of our patients.
The data provides a fascinating de-identified cross section of the medical marijuana patient base in our immediate area and we feel, with the lack of available Florida research, it is of importance to publish the results.
The data set we are utilizing is derived from individual patient answers given on their Intake Form. Each patient seen must complete an extensive health history questionnaire and sign the state required paperwork prior to being seen by Dr. Kunstman. Data used for the purposes of this post has been collected is from January 14, 2019 to May 22, 2019 and is based on 297 submitted forms.
A slim majority of our patients identifies as female (51%), while 49% identify as male. Of our patient base, 53% are married, 28% are single, 11% are divorced, and 5% are widows or widowers. After nearly 5 months in practice, our average patient age is 50.52 years old.
From the data, we can see that 94% of our patients are permanent residents of the state of Florida. Snowbirds (or part time residents) comprise only 6% of our patient base.
Medicann Clinic is located in southern Sarasota county, so it’s not surprising that 58% of our patients reside within Sarasota county. 34% of our patients live in Charlotte county and 3% live within Lee county. Additionally, we’ve seen patients from Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hillsborough, Hardee, and Suwannee counties.
No Smoke Is A Joke
Since passage of the revision of the Florida law in mid-March, the majority of our patients (66%) desire the ability to purchase whole flower cannabis to smoke.
New Patients Are The Majority
A surprising majority of our patients are brand new to Florida’s program. 84% of respondents reported they’d not been added to the state’s Medical Marijuana Use Registry by another physician.
Florida law allows for patients suffering from a wide group of chronic and debilitating medical conditions to qualify for the medical marijuana program. We’ve seen patients with AIDS, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy, Glaucoma, Crohn’s Disease, and terminal conditions. Cancer (10%), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (28%), and medical conditions of the same kind or class (76%) account for the ailments of the majority of our patients.
Pills, Pills, Pills
Nearly three quarters (71%) of our patients report regularly taking prescription medications, with a full 35 percent of patients acknowledging their daily use of prescribed pain medications. Many patients report not taking non-prescription medications or other vitamin supplements.
The majority of our patients (55%) report suffering from chronic pain. Anxiety disorder (51%), depression (45%), and arthritis (40%) are also common ailments amongst our patient base. Thyroid conditions (15%), irritable bowel (12%), heart conditions (12%) and diabetes (11%) are also commonly reported.
Our patient data suggests what is common among a medical marijuana practice – an older patient base, the majority of whom have little to no prior cannabis experience who are heavily medicated on manufactured pharmaceuticals.
Since we’ve only been seeing patients since January, our first batch of recertification appointments won’t begin until July. We will use this initial data as a benchmark for success, as it will be interesting to chart reductions in pharmaceutical medications and increases in reported wellness.
If you’ve been thinking about becoming a medical marijuana patient in Florida, be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you may call us at 941-888-0723 or schedule directly online by clicking here.