By Brendan Bures
Believe it or not, most doctors are ill-informed on the medicinal and therapeutic benefits of cannabis. While marijuana is legal for medicinal use in 34 states and 11 states have legalized adult use, “evidence suggests that many physicians may be unprepared for this reality,” writes Nathaniel Morris, a resident physician at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Published in the highly regarded Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) this week, Morris’s op-ed documents how medical institutions have failed to teach clinicians how cannabis could help their patients. Sadly, this is a reality faced by many with a serious medical ailment not easily fixed by modern medicine — like PTSD, cancer, or intractable epilepsy, for example.
“Marijuana has become an inescapable part of my medical training, and most of my learning has come from patients,” writes Morris, who lives in California where medical marijuana has been legal for almost 23 years.
The psychiatry student cited several studies that present eyebrow-raising statistics. Here’s some:
– In 2016 surveys, “just 9% of medical schools had documented content on medical marijuana in the Association of …