Patients Don’t Consider Doctors to be a Good Source of Cannabis Info

Article by David Yasvinski, Growth Op

WELLNESS Patients don’t consider doctors to be a good source of cannabis info Most respondents said they believe CBD and THC products are ‘very’ or ‘somewhat’ helpful in treating a range of health issues. By David Yasvinski “Further research should consider how to assist primary care providers in having informed conversations about the risks and benefits of cannabis, especially in the setting of chronic pain.” / Photo: Denise Hasse / iStock / Getty Images Plus

Not many people believe doctor knows best when it comes to cannabis, at least according to a survey in The Journal of Primary Care & Community Health.

The poll, which was conducted on 1,000 primary care patients by researchers at the University of Vermont, found that just 18 per cent of people felt their physician was a good source of information on the drug, despite the fact 45 per cent said they had used cannabinoids in the past year. Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2004.

“Considering patients feel that their providers may not be an adequate source of information regarding cannabinoids, it would be interesting to explore the perceived knowledge and perceptions of cannabinoids by primary care providers, to identify opportunities for improvement,” the researchers wrote. “Further research should consider how to assist primary care providers in having informed conversations about the risks and benefits of cannabis, especially in the setting of chronic pain.”

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