Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana

Survey of oncologists finds knowledge gap on medical marijuana

As more states legalize medical marijuana, two key groups — researchers whose job is it to understand its benefits and drawbacks, and physicians charged with advising potential users — are struggling to catch up with policymakers.

Ilana Braun, an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of adult psychosocial oncology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, led a survey of cancer physicians around the country, exploring their attitudes and actions on medical marijuana.

The survey was sent to 400 oncologists, with a 63 percent response rate. We asked Braun to outline her findings, which were published last month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Read Full Article

Stories you may be interested in

Medical marijuana: Florida House seeks to intervene in ‘monumental’ case

TALLAHASSEE — Florida House leaders should be able to participate in a lawsuit that could revolutionize the state’s medical marijuana market, a lawyer for the Republican-led chamber told a three-judge panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal Tuesday. But Tampa-based Florigrown argued that legislators instead should concentrate on fixing the law, aimed at carrying…
Read More

PTSD and Cannabis

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a psychiatric disorder that occurs in people who witnessed or have gone through a traumatic event.  That can include events such as  natural disasters, war/combat, a serious accident, or personal assault, among others.  People suffering from PTSD have disturbing thoughts and feelings related to the traumatic event that can last…
Read More

More baby boomers use medical marijuana, but they want their doctors to get wise to the risks and benefits

Baby boomers’ marijuana use has edged upward in the past decade, but recent research suggests some still have a hard time getting a hold of the drug. Older adults want more education, more research and greater openness with their health-care providers about using medical marijuana, according to a qualitative study of older cannabis users and non-users in…
Read More

Thanks to the Farm Bill, Hemp Is Legal. Here’s What It Means for CBD.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to approve a new an $867 billion farm bill, and on Wednesday, it passed in Congress. While the bill has plenty of positive merits, the one people are perhaps most excited about is the fact that it will legalize the production, sale, and distribution of industrial hemp at a federal…
Read More

Norfolk research company plans clinical trials using medical marijuana

Eighteen months after receiving a broad federal license for importing medical cannabis, a Norfolk research company is about to embark on a series of critical studies into a variety of medical and mental disorders, diseases and conditions. Sanyal Biotechnology is already considering proposals for research campuses and planning its first clinical trial for this summer.…
Read More

New Feature: Calendar Integration

At Arfinn Med, we’re excited to announce the third feature update to join automated text messaging and note templating: calendar integration. With this addition, physicians can now integrate their Google Calendar or Calendy account. The implementation of calendar integration rounds out the Arfinn Med portal, making it a physician’s one-stop-shop EMR tool. How It Works…
Read More