Doctors And Patients Don’t Discuss Marijuana Use, But Should: Paper

Following Tuesday’s election, 36 states have created or voted to create medical cannabis programs, but conversations about the substance are still rare in doctors’ offices around the country.

It’s time for that to change, according to a paper published recently in the journal Pain Management Nursing.

Clinicians should create an environment in which patients can openly discuss their cannabis use and participate in shared decisions about the drug’s potential health effects, the paper authored by researchers in Washington State University’s College of Nursing concludes. Too often, the authors found, patients opt not to discuss their cannabis use out of fear of legal or occupational consequences, and physicians frequently avoid the topic due to a lack of available information.

– Read the entire article at Benzinga.

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