74% of Physicians Say They Would Recommend Cannabis If It Were Legal Federally

Survey results show 81% think the psychoactive drug will play a role in chronic pain management.

Approximately 74% of physicians said that they would recommend cannabis to patients if it were federally legal, results of a survey commissioned by Cannaceutica show.

Investigators also found that approximately 65% of physicians have been asked about cannabis as a treatment for chronic pain by patients but were unable to answer their questions. Also, 64% say their patients are the dominant source of information about cannabis, followed by the internet at 44%, and medical journals at 40%.

Additionally, 81% of health care physicians said that they think cannabis will play a role in chronic pain management in the future, but just 1 in 4 are likely to recommend it for chronic pain now.

The primary factor holding physicians back from recommending cannabis to patients are legal issues, with 74% saying that they would recommend cannabis to individuals if it were approved on a federal level.

Next to legal issues, another reason physicians would not recommend cannabis to patients are the lack of credible research and guidance around dosing.

The survey was conducted by Instar, a global health care market research firm between August 27, 2021, and September 23, 2021, and included 445 physicians who treat chronic pain.

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74% of doctors would recommend cannabis for a patient if made federally legal today. Candy & Flowers. Email. November 3, 2021. Accessed November 17, 2021.