Study seeks healthcare provider views on medical cannabis

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A new study is going straight to healthcare workers in the U.S. and Canada to get their input on their experiences with and advice about medical cannabis. The exploration is part of a recently announced study that will involve the Cannabis Center of Excellence, Inc. (CCOE), Medicinal Genomics and the University of Massachusetts’ Dartmouth Charlton College of Business, Cannabis Science and Technology reports . The aptly named “Healthcare Provider Knowledge, Attitudes, Practices Related to Medical Cannabis Research Study” will collect information from practising healthcare providers “about their experiences with medicinal cannabis in their practices, prior education around the topic and interest in future clinical education related to medical cannabis,” notes an earlier CCOE announcement . Guess what? Your doctor probably knows nothing about marijuana Ontario pharmacists now required to complete course in cannabis education More cannabis education needed for both doctors, medical students Dr. Marion McNabb, president of CCOE, points out that even “the basics of the endocannabinoid system, medical cannabis benefits and risks, and approaches to integrating medical cannabis use” are not part of the regular curriculum for most health professionals, Cannabis Science and Technology reports. This includes those in medical, nursing, dental, public health, emergency medicine and addiction and recovery, Dr. McNabb says. As evidence regarding the efficacy of cannabis continues to emerge and actual use in treatment snowballing, “this study seeks to hear from healthcare providers themselves about what they know and want to know about medical cannabis, and how its use can be integrated into their practices,” she adds. A research paper published in 2019 found that 58.1 per cent of health providers surveyed strongly or somewhat agree that medical cannabis is a legitimate medical therapy. Still, “provider knowledge gaps about the effectiveness of medical cannabis for state-designated qualifying conditions need to be addressed, and accurate…

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