Stress for Need for Education about Medicinal Marijuana in CME-approved Conference
by John Bennett MD
There is no doubt that the use of Marijuana for medicinal marijana is increasing. In pharmacology, neurologic disorders, oncology, pain management, palliative care, psychiatry, epilepsy, and more.
However, there is widespread ignorance and hysteria regarding its true place in healthcare, both amongst patients and healthcare workers. Education may greatly allay, and clear up any misunderstanding, and allow for the effective use, OR non-use of medicinal marijuana.
It is important that the doctor be involved in the use of any drug by a patient. But the doctor himself, needs, of course, to know that drug, its side-effects, indications, as in any drug prescribed.
And the patient needs to discuss with the doctor the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes for three main reasons:
- The drug needs a valid, proven reason for improvement of that medical condition
- The patient may have a substance-abuse history, and the doctor needs to make the patient aware that the use of any mood-altering drug is discouraged; if considered, a risk-benefit thought process has to be used, and close monitoring by the support system to insure there is no relapse into former drug use.
- A close watch over the patient after he or she starts a regimen of medicinal marijuana needs to be maintained, to be sure that the condition is improving; as with any new medication, the reaction of that patient to marijuana is variable; it may help some patients, it may not others.
There is a CME-approved conference in San Rafael, California, May 21 and 22 which has a top-flight of Healthcare Professionals and Patients, that attempts to fill the gap of ignorance through education.
A organization based in San Francisco, called “United Patients Group“, headed by Corinne and John Malanca, is organizing the conference. See the below video to meet the organizers, and to have them introduce the speakers at the conference.