A brand new survey from the College of Colorado Most cancers Middle revealed that the majority oncologists assist medical marijuana, however lots of them are afraid to advocate it as a result of they haven’t obtained any coaching relating to cannabis-based therapies.

Of the 172 well being professionals surveyed, 73 p.c stated they “imagine that medical marijuana offers advantages for most cancers sufferers.” Nevertheless, 53 p.c of respondents stated they didn’t really feel comfy recommending cannabis to their sufferers.

The discomfort doubtless stemmed from an absence of cannabis schooling and assets for licensed medical professionals.

“We requested and most suppliers didn’t practice in a state the place medical marijuana was authorized,” Dr. Ashley E. Glode, a pharmacist and assistant professor on the Skaggs Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, informed the College of Colorado’s Colorado Most cancers Blogs. Glode can also be the survey’s lead creator.

“We have to adapt our healthcare schooling to incorporate this, and in addition provide trainings on medical marijuana to present suppliers,” she stated.

Medical doctors have been additionally involved in regards to the authorized {and professional} penalties of recommending cannabis, significantly these working in states with restricted or no medical marijuana applications.

The third purpose docs felt sketchy about weed: inconsistent dosing. Pharmaceutical science relies round actual dosing for particular compounds. In the case of consuming the uncooked plant or its concentrates, dosing is never, if ever, exact.

“The difficulty is it’s not regulated – a dispensary may say a product has this a lot THC and this a lot CBD, however nobody is testing that for positive,” Glode continued. “Then from a consumption perspective, inhalation and smoking is the least most well-liked resulting from doable injury to the lung. So many docs advocate edibles, oils, and tinctures, however we nonetheless don’t have good knowledge evaluating dosage throughout these types.”

Maybe one of the attention-grabbing findings from the survey is that 68 p.c of docs realized extra about medical marijuana from their very own sufferers than they did from medical conferences, journals, or common coaching.

The College of Colorado survey confirms outcomes from a related survey printed final yr within the Journal of Scientific Oncology. In that 2018 research, 80 p.c of docs stated they mentioned medical cannabis with their sufferers, whereas solely 30 p.c stated they felt comfy recommending it.

The survey’s outcomes have been offered on the annual 2019 assembly for the American Society for Scientific Oncology (ASCO). ASCO has over 40,000 members, and its annual assembly is among the largest skilled gatherings for US-based most cancers specialists. It additionally publishes the Journal of Scientific Oncology, talked about above.

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