Monday, June 3, 2013

Majority Of Doctors Are Pro-Medical Marijuana

The survey finds that 76 percent of doctors in the U.S. and 78 percent of doctors internationally would personally prescribe medical marijuana to a fictional 68-year-old woman with deteriorating cancer. 
In commentary published along with the survey, researchers explained the reasoning that most respondents provided for their support of medicinal cannabis. “Many [respondents] pointed out the known dangers of prescription narcotics, supported patient choice, or described personal experience with patients who benefited from the use of marijuana,” wrote the authors. Studies have shown that medical marijuana can relieve pain, ease nausea, and promote appetite, making it a promising treatment option for Americans with painful or chronic medical conditions such as cancer.
Patient advocacy organizations and doctors’ groups such as the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians have called on the government to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I controlled substance in order to facilitate more research into the drug’s effectiveness. Even government organizations such as the National Cancer Institute, which is under the National Institutes of Health, have found that using cannabis may have health benefits, including the potential to fight breast and colorectal cancer.

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