In the United States, a recent survey, published in April 2021 in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, found that 70% of doctors are convinced that cannabis has medicinal value. In the same survey, 26% of practitioners admitted to having already recommended cannabis to their patients.
To carry out this survey, a panel of 1,506 healthcare professionals (doctors, nurses, oncologists, etc.) answered the online questionnaire. This work made it possible to assess, on the one hand, the knowledge of the respondents on the legislation in force in their State, and on the other hand, the medicinal uses and practices related to cannabis.
What are these beliefs and practices based on? Can this survey change the opinion of politicians?
Assessment of Doctors’ Beliefs and Practices About Medical Cannabis
From the results of the survey, it is clear that there is a 6 times greater chance that a doctor who believes in the potential of medical cannabis will recommend it to his patients. However, it appears curiously that around 60% of practitioners have a mistaken view of the status of cannabis in their state and that their beliefs are not necessarily based on scientific evidence.
In other words, some clinicians have not yet fully grasped all of the science behind medical cannabis and its use. Most do not even understand the divided position of politicians regarding its legalization and are not entirely familiar with the current legislation, nor the state of play of the bills in favor of medical cannabis.
According to the researchers behind this survey, it would even be wise to consider continuing training addressing all the effects of medical cannabis on health for doctors and other prescribing professionals.
Also according to the team in charge of the survey, many practitioners are convinced of the effectiveness of medical cannabis following its recent legalization in more than 30 states.
However, a majority of the doctors questioned and believing in the medicinal value of cannabis were convinced by scientific evidence, in particular studies on pain, spasticity, convulsions, …
The incomprehension of the doctors vis-a-vis the politicians who still refuse the medical cannabis
Despite the results of scientific studies, despite doctors who are convinced and favorable to medical cannabis, and despite the very positive feedback from a large majority of patients, the major authorities still oppose the use of cannabis as a legitimate medicine.
According to Paul Armentano, deputy director of the NORML foundation: “Politicians should not stand in the way of patients by opposing efforts to allow healthcare professionals to recommend cannabis to them in cases where they think they are. that it is therapeutically appropriate. “. This survey should be used to convince politicians.
The poll also indicates that these doctors, favorable to medical cannabis, are moving closer to current public opinion. Remember that 91% of Americans are in favor of the legalization of cannabis.
According to another poll, 61% of medical cannabis patients in Texas would choose to turn to the herb as a substitute for strong, prescription drug treatments. This alternative would appear to them more natural, safer and more reliable.
In addition, thanks to a law on compassionate use, adopted in 2015 by the State of Texas, cannabis was recognized as a medicine there. However, the conditions of access to the compassionate use program are so restrictive that many patients are excluded from it.