Physician's Right to Recommend Marijuana | Cannabis Training University

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Wednesday, Jan 25, 2017

Medical students weigh in on physicians’ right to recommend marijuana.

A study led by Michael Chan, a recent graduate of University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus found that medical students on the CU campus expressed support for the legal use of marijuana for physical and mental health reasons in medicine. The students also recommended that more research is needed to ascertain the full extent of risks and benefits associated with marijuana.

Overall, Colorado medical students viewed cannabis legalization favorably overall with nearly half of them thinking there were significant physical health benefits with use and more than a third believing that there were mental health benefits as well. This contrasts with current physicians in the state with only 27 percent in support of legalization.

The study “Colorado Medical Students’ Attitudes and Beliefs about marijuana” published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine investigated and tried to find a consensus of the attitudes of medical students in Colorado around marijuana. Opinions varied but a main consensus was found among believers and non-believers that more research and studies are needed around safety and effectiveness of the drug for certain conditions.

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