A survey of cannabis users show that they don’t discuss their habits with physicians
Even in the 21st century, and despite all the benefits that have been brought by cannabis lately, many people still don’t feel comfortable talking about its respective use. Cannabis patients don’t find a way to disclose to their medical doctors that they’re currently using cannabis, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Cannabis Research.
This study, which was handled by different researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School is titled, “Communication between healthcare providers and medical cannabis patients regarding referral and medication substitution.” A total of 275 medical cannabis patients across the state were surveyed and asked how they felt when it comes to discussing any topic related to cannabis with their doctors. As a result, the study stated that, “People report using cannabis as a substitute for prescription medications but may be doing so without the knowledge of their primary health care providers (PCPs). This lack of integration creates serious concerns, e.g., using cannabis to treat medical conditions that have established treatment options.”
It also added, “Only 18 percent of participants rated their PCP’s knowledge about medical cannabis as very good or excellent and only 21 percent were very or completely confident in their PCP’s ability to integrate medical cannabis into their treatment.”
Around 86% of the people that took part in the study said that on different occasions, they’ve substituted cannabis in place of other medicine, but only 44% of those people admitted that they never disclosed such action to a healthcare professional.