Physicians Struggling with Responding to Questions from Patients on Medical Marijuana

With the growing body of research that is showing therapeutic value in using medical marijuana to treat a range of medical conditions, physicians are finding themselves il-equipped when getting questions from patients on the topic. More and more patients are asking about incorporating medical marijuana into their healthcare plans, what drug interractions they might get from their pharmaceutical medications in conjunction with medical marijuana, and if it is possible to replace opioids with marijuana. Medical Marijuana, however, is not taught in medical school and healthcare providers are at a road block when it comes to finding reliable education and research on the subject.

Physicians are researching on their own through limited available studies such as Australia's medicinal cannabis trial targeting insomnia HERE or the study on parkinson's disease HERE.

There is a tremendous lack of reliable education available for physicians, including from their professional education societies and associations who are hesitant to educate on a topic that is still considered federally illegal. This leaves both physicians and patients both searching for reliable education.

It is time for laws to change, and reputable studies to take place in the United States. Wheather physicians are for or against using marijuanna for medicinal purposes, they should be given the tools to make an educated decision.