MEDSCAPE and Web MD, from a survey conducted among US doctors, discovered that most participants agree on legalizing marijuana nationwide, at least in the United States. The same survey yielded results pointing to solid foundation of support for medical marijuana among medical practitioners themselves, who at some point or some of them, have prescribed cannabis oil, vapor or smoke to their patients to treat certain diseases, including those pain related. Find out more about what the doctors are saying about medical cannabis in today’s post.
What Medical Experts Say About Medical Marijuana
According to the same survey, medical practitioners have expressed their solid support for the legalization of medical marijuana all over the US, especially among the participants practicing in states where it has not been legalized. This same survey has pointed out how these doctors agree on prescribing marijuana, as one of the options for their patients. Overall, doctors coming from over 12 specialties all across 48 states have expressed their sides about the potential uses of cannabis in treatment.
Meanwhile, the Epilepsy Foundation called on the attention of the Drug Enforcement Administration to soften its restrictions on cannabis so that further and deeper probe and studies could be done. According to Dr. Michael W. Smith, WebMD Chief Medical Editor, the medical community is expressing their support for the potentials offered by marijuana in the treatment of several health problems, although the medical experts are unclear of the long-term effects of such use. Nevertheless, the findings would show a strong desire for the drug agency to relax their policies on research so that findings on the use of medical marijuana could be, once and for all, finalized. Giving studies the go signal could, therefore, figure out whether medical marijuana really helps or not.
Doctors have agreed that medical marijuana could become an option for the treatment of pain due to injuries or for the treatment of symptoms in diseases like cancer and multiple sclerosis, including nausea due to medication. Right now, they are showing a great support for the medical benefits of marijuana, although some federal governments categorized and classified cannabis “Schedule I” meaning it is a dangerous drug without accepted medicinal purpose and has a high abuse potential.
Even so, doctors are decisive, after more than two decades of anecdotal evidence about the effects of cannabis, including stories from families who have moved to Colorado, where marijuana is legal, for a special marijuana strain in helping their children battle out disorders, including epileptic seizures, something that calls for a deeper probe on the matter. In Chicago, however, the most influential health experts agreed that the drug should only be used among very ill kids who have used all treatment options but found no cure.
Nevertheless, it looks like medical marijuana still has its long journey to take in terms of being approved in most states, although doctors showing support for it may be one of the best starting points for authorities to see the benefits of marijuana in medicine and eventually ease their restrictions so that a conclusive research and study could point out whether cannabis is of help or of harm, finally.