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Why cannabis won’t be prescribed by many doctors

Owing to the varied medicinal qualities of medical marijuana or cannabis, more than half the states in the U.S. have legalised it in some form. Medical marijuana is known to contain active chemicals called cannabinoids. It resembles the chemicals that make the body feel hunger, recall things, move, and feel pain. This drug is well-known for controlling seizures which are extremely severe or hard to treat.


However, despite getting legalised, some patients are still being refused prescriptions for it. It is because the doctors think that proper clinical evidence to justify its benefits has not been established to date. Moreover, they have discovered that cannabis-based medicinal products or CBMPs have paralysing effects on the patient.


According to Fred Rottnek, director of community medicine at Saint Louis University, the acceptable standard for treatment using marijuana is not there. He said, “I think that the cart’s in front of the horse a bit. Even though states have legalised medical and recreational cannabis use, at the federal level, it still has not been receiving a green light.” Rottnek suggests correctly reviewing, studying, and establishing concrete evidence about its benefits and effects on the body before legalising the drug. However, the American Medical Association has banned the use of non-FDA approved marijuana until further evidence has been gathered about it.


Doctors who have seen patients using the drug say that pain and anxiety are the most common symptoms that come with the use of cannabis. Marijuana has shown true potential in curing any sort of pain and that triggers further research on it. This disconnection between the drug and doctors are stalled due to the disciplinary and financial risk that a doctor might have to bear if the doctors stray away from community practice. There is a bright future ahead for this drug provided it proves its efficacy and establishes it as safe in the coming future.


Subarna Basu