Here at Satori Caregivers, we aim to keep our “Private Member Patients” informed, whether that is about our best practices in providing TOP-SHELF, award-winning, handcrafted, hand-trimmed, medical-grade cannabis or the recent changes up in medical marijuana law. We are here to educate (and maybe entertain a bit too while we are at it!) For this first entry on the Satori Caregivers blog, we thought it’d be beneficial to cover over some marijuana statistics, an educational blog to provide a foundation of knowledge.
Arizonan Medical Marijuana Statistics
These numbers are coming right from the Arizona Department of Health Services and are current as of May 2018. They put out a monthly report to spotlight the current statistics of the program, and these are pulled from the May 2018 monthly report.
That’s the number of active cardholders in Arizona! Of those, 169,478 are qualifying patients, 5,209 are Dispensary Agents and 935 Caregivers. This is up a ton! The earliest reports from the AZDHS in 2011 put qualifying patients at 13,613. That means an increase of ~1145% to date! More people than ever are looking to the medical uses of marijuana. The more experience people get, the less stigma there will be to using marijuana for its real beneficial purposes.
Qualified Patient Characteristics
Of those 169,478 qualified patients, 60% are male. Most patients are in the 18-30 bracket (with 24.95%) followed closely by 31-40 at 20.73%. The 41-50, 51-60, and 61-70 age groups have roughly 16% each. Adjusting for that initial 18-30 bracket having an additional 3 years shows that the patient age is fairly evenly represented across all age groups.
That means people of all ages, all across Arizona are benefiting from utilizing medical marijuana! And they are using it for a wide range of conditions.
Conditions Being Treated by Medical Marijuana
There is no doubt what the number one is being reported by qualifying patients is Chronic Pain. Over 86% of patients in Arizona utilize their medical marijuana prescription to help provide relief from chronic pains. It makes sense for chronic pain to be so heavily represented, being a blanket term for a number of more specific conditions like migraines and back pain. What’s of note is the wide range of other conditions that patients are finding relief from through medicinal marijuana. Statistics show over 2,000 patients utilize medical marijuana to get relief from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, 3,857. There are about a dozen other conditions that qualified patients report and utilize medical marijuana for, right down to 21 patients who use it for assistance in handling their Scelorsis.
Each year, the AZDHS allows for more conditions to be petitioned to be added as qualifying conditions. As more and more people begin to experience relief from their conditions through medical marijuana, you can be certain more and more people will be seeing what the herb can do for them!
Tons of Relief
Curious about the amount of marijuana sold? This year through may 2018 saw over 41,000 pounds of marijuana sold from dispensaries. That’s not including edibles or anything else! Edibles themselves made up another 2,000 pounds.
That’s it for our first run here at the Satori Caregivers blog! We just wanted to dive into the numbers of medical marijuana here in the great state of Arizona! If you are already a “Private Member Patient” then head over to the Menu to figure out your next purchase. If you’ve not yet become one, then register here. More questions about how Satori Caregivers delivery works? We cover all of those questions here.
Here at Satori Caregivers, our experienced and compassionate medical cannabis experts, volunteers, and caregivers are driven to ensure that all our “Private Member Patients” receive the freshest harvest, protecting the integrity of the cannabis, by not pre-packing any until the order is placed. Together we can bring a new gold standard in medical marijuana delivery in Arizona, and make our own impact on those statistics!
These numbers were all found through the Arizona Department of Health Services, specifically the May 2018 Monthly report. If you’d like to see the statistics yourself, you can find them here. The 2011 numbers can be found in the report here.