Doctors Want More Information on Medical Cannabis, Study Finds

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Doctors Want More Information on Medical Cannabis, Study Finds(SARINYAPINNGAM/iStock)SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use. The survey was conducted in a random sample of cancer doctors; researchers got completed surveys from 237 doctors, or 63 percent. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. Here’s What the National Academy’s Medical Cannabis Report Actually Says Close Sign Up for More Leafly News Thank you for subscribing! Related Articles This Program Wants to Teach Your Doctor About Cannabis Can Cannabis Cure Cancer?

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Doctors Want More Information on Medical Cannabis, Study Finds

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SEATTLE (AP) — Nearly half of U.S. cancer doctors who responded to a survey say they’ve recently recommended medical marijuana to patients, although most say they don’t know enough about medicinal use.

The results reflect how marijuana policy in some states has outpaced research, the study authors said. All 29 states with medical marijuana programs allow doctors to recommend it to cancer patients. But no rigorous studies in cancer patients exist. That leaves doctors to make assumptions from other research on similar prescription drugs, or in other types of patients.

“The big takeaway is we need more research, plain and simple,” said Dr. Ilana Braun of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, who led the study published Thursday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

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