As most of you know, a lot of information found on the internet nowadays is biased, which makes it hard for marijuana consumers and marijuana enthusiasts to get a better picture of the whole marijuana situation.
The lack of researches and studies on cannabis are a worldwide problem, and this apparently won’t change until marijuana legal status changes in larger scales.
What’s left for most of us is to go after the few scientific information that there is out there and also to listen to the testimony of both healthcare providers and patients under a medical marijuana treatment.
So, here’s a full article about the doctors opinion on marijuana. The good and the bad, about recreational and medical marijuana.
What do doctors think about marijuana for medical use?
Medical marijuana is what you know as marijuana that is recommended by a healthcare provider to their patients in order to treat medical conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy, glaucoma, depression, and many others.
There’s a whole community of patients who rely on this type of medicine to be able to perform their daily activities, such as working and studying. Medical marijuana has a wide range of medicinal properties which unfortunately hasn’t been properly studied, because of the drug’s legal status.
Like with everything in this world, there are people who are in favor of medicinal marijuana and people who aren’t.
Dr. Rachna Patel, a medical marijuana doctor believes that “medical marijuana far exceeds pharmaceutical drugs in providing symptom relief.”
She wrote that she has seen many patients who stopped using pharmaceuticals medication and started using marijuana alone. According to Dr. Patel, her patients testified they have seen an improvement in their overall quality of life, from the work environment to romantic relationships.
The doctor believes that medical cannabis is meant to be used judiciously under the care of a healthcare provider. “To obtain optimal benefits and to avoid adverse effects, patients need specific instructions on what type of marijuana to use, how much of it to use and how often to use it,” she wrote.
Eric Cadesky, president of Doctors of B.C and a family physician is not that much of a fan of cannabis for medicinal use since he said most of the doctor’s concerns is that the drug’s benefits and side effects are still unknown by the medical community.
“There are other treatments we know well, are well-studied and we know how to give them, we don’t know that about cannabis,” said Cadesky.
What do doctors think about marijuana for recreational use?
If medical marijuana is not that esteemed by the medical community, imagine what are their thoughts on recreational marijuana. Gail Beck, the clinical director of youth psychiatry at The Royal shared the doctors concern with marijuana legalization in Canada.
“We’re saying, ‘please keep the public-health focus front of mind as this the legislation is unrolled, lots of people think this is harmless” said Beck. Probably one of the doctors biggest preoccupation is with addiction. They believe cannabis is a risk for young adults, creating disorder territory that starts causing dysfunction in these teenagers marijuana consumers daily life, messing up these teenage commitments to school or work and family, said Dr. Grant, the author of the Canadian Pediatric Society’s stance statement on cannabis.
Dr. Grant is also worried about the connection between mental illness and marijuana consumption. According to him, there’s not enough information about safe doses of cannabis. “We don’t know the lower limit that’s safe,” warned Dr. Grant. “There’s no evidence to say, yeah, use it once, use it twice and nothing will happen.” Dr. Charles Bollmann, who works at BareSkinCare.com, believes that marijuana affects people on many levels, including emotionally, professionally and spiritually.
“Marijuana for recreational purposes decreases ones drive to achieve anything. I have a personal friend who has never achieved her potential due to marijuana use, and she freely admits it. She was dismissed from her job as a university professor. Her friends who were also users at the time never amounted to anything, either, wrote Dr. Bollmann to Quora.
On the other hand, there are those doctors who are in favor of marijuana legalization, both for medical and recreational use.
Nathaniel P. Morris, a resident physician in specializing in mental health at the Stanford University School of Medicine, believes there’s no reason for categorizing marijuana as a Schedule I Drug.
We don’t see cannabis overdoses. We don’t order scans for cannabis- related brain abscesses. We don’t treat cannabis-induced heart attacks. In medicine, marijuana use is often seen on par with tobacco or caffeine consumption—something we counsel patients about stopping or limiting, but nothing urgent to treat or immediately life-threatening, wrote Morris.
Morris said the biggest concerns of healthcare providers are people dying in accidents because of alcohol, people overdosing from opioids, violent patients due to crystal meth use and many other life-threatening situations for both drug abusers and people around them.
And does he worry about cannabis? “With marijuana? Not so much” he concluded.