Why Some Doctors Feel ‘Completely in the Dark’ About Medical Marijuana

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Photo Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Even in states where medical marijuana has been legal for quite some time, many doctors feel they do not have the information necessary to recommend this medication for their patients. Due to the lack of extensive marijuana research, there isn't sufficient information regarding the efficacy of medical marijuana for treating specific symptoms. Doctor Jean Antonucci from Maine, where medical marijuana has been legal for 20 years, says she still doesn't know when marijuana is appropriate for an ailment, what the proper dosing might be, and how the patient should administer it. Wanda Filer, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a physician in Pennsylvania, says “Typically, when we’re going to prescribe something, you’ve got data that shows safety and efficacy." Some states require physicians take medical education courses on marijuana and its side effects, and its interaction with the nervous system and other medications. But current marijuana research doesn’t match what many doctors are used to for prescribing drugs.

This is part of the reason we've developed CannaBest Medical. Developed by co-founder and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Andrew Greenspan, CannaBest Medical knows exactly what information doctors need in order to feel comfortable recommending medical marijuana. When journaling on our app, you'll anonymously contribute dosing information to our research database so that doctors know what dosing regimens work for your specific symptoms, which includes the dosing amounts, administration vehicles, and dosing frequencies. You can also track your own personal routine and dosing history so that you can discover what works and what doesn't work, and you have the option to share this information directly with your physician to enhance the doctor-patient relationship. For your own best results, and to anonymously contribute to our mission to inform certified medical marijuana physicians, we recommend journaling every time you use your medication. 

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