Although it’s been legal in Canada since 2001, it’s only been very recently that the medical community has started truly accepting medical cannabis as a potential treatment for many different patients.
As a result, there’s plenty of inquiry going on right now. New research seems to surface daily, and more patients are inquiring about cannabis as a potential treatment for their condition. Physicians may find they’re having a difficult time keeping up with the sophisticated questions patients are asking, as well as the changing body of knowledge in the wake of new research.
The question most physicians have is, who they can talk to if they have questions about medical cannabis?
There are a few options if you want to know more or if you have questions you need to answer for your patients.
Consult the Scientific Literature
Where else can you turn if you have questions about medical marijuana? Maybe you have more general questions, not about specific products or strains.
You might want to turn your attention to the scientific literature itself in this case. There is a growing body of journal articles and research reports that may be able to answer your questions.
In some cases, you might reach out to the researchers behind certain studies. Since they’ve conducted the research, they might be in the best position to answer a question you have.
Of course, they may also be busy, so this might not be the best way to get your questions answered. That said, most researchers are quite happy to discuss their research.
You Can Talk to the Staff at a Medical Cannabis Clinic
Another great place for physicians to turn to when they have questions is a clinic. Medical marijuana clinics are staffed by teams of medical professionals who work with physicians, healthcare providers, and patients on a daily basis.
The staff also keeps up with the latest research to provide the best care for patients.
If you’re not sure where to start, a medical cannabis clinic is a great resource for you as a physician. This can also lay the groundwork for a working relationship with a great clinic. You’ll be able to refer patients to a team of professionals you trust.
Talk to Other Physicians
You may also want to talk to other physicians about medical marijuana. Some have been authorizing it for much longer, and they may have more knowledge about the latest research. They might also have anecdotal insights garnered from their own patients, so they may be able to provide some guidance on dosing and strain selection.
Talk to Medical Cannabis Producers
One of the people you may want to talk to is a medical cannabis producer. Producers are knowledgeable about their own products, as well as forthcoming research. Some of them may even be supportive of scientific research.
Producers must be able to tell patients about their medicinal products. They also need to stay on top of the research in order to continue developing new strains to help patients manage their conditions. If you have specific questions about a product or a strain, then a licensed producer who works with that strain might just be your best option for answers. However, producers do have a conflict of interest to sell their products, so they shouldn’t be your first contact.
If you have questions about medical cannabis, you should know there are many different resources you can turn to. These are some of the best, but there are still more resources out there. You can get the answers you and your patients need.