Article by Jane Gerster, Global News
Dr. Michael Rieder wants it made clear that cannabis is not a side-effect free, cure-all.
The London, Ont., pediatrician has had many children referred to him by doctors who know Rieder wrote the Canadian Paediatric Society’s position statement on cannabis use and aren’t sure whether to prescribe.
The conversations, Rieder says, are rather interesting.
“The families usually come in with a certain set of ideas,” he says.
“Medical cannabis is imbued with a certain mythological character … a panacea for all ills quite unlike most other drugs.”
But it is still a drug.
It just happens to be one that providers know less about, Rieder says. They don’t know when to prescribe or how much or for how long. Although there’s a list of authorized providers from Health Canada, he notes, there isn’t a product monograph outlining side effects or possible risks in the short and longer term.
A spokeswoman for Health Canada, says the government is in the process of updating five-year-old information about cannabis so that it is in a “format similar to that of a drug product monograph.”