Science AMA Series: I'm Dr. Greg Smith, author of the recent textbook Medical Cannabis, What Clinicians Need to Know and Why: Basic Science and Clinical Applications. Over 98% of doctors who practice in states with legalized medical cannabis, don't recommend it. AMA!

Abstract

Hey Reddit,

I am a Harvard-trained medical doctor. I have been in practice for 30 years and for the past 15 years I have been using medical cannabis as part of my practice. I have recently published the first science-based textbook called "Medical Cannabis, What Clinicians Need to Know and Why: Basic Science & Clinical Applications," for medical students and primary care clinicians. In those states such as CA, WA, and CO where they have had medical cannabis for many years, less than 10% of physicians have ever recommended medical cannabis and only about 1.5% of physicians recommend it regularly. No medical schools in the US or Canada have a class on cannabis, cannabinoid medication, or the Endocannabinoid system. Only a tiny handful of states have a requirement for doctors to take continuing medical education to learn about the Endocannabinoid system, which was only discovered in the 1990s. The vast majority of doctors know nothing at all about medical cannabis, dispensaries, or how to tell a patient to use cannabis-based medication. The question is, “Is medical cannabis scientifically-based medication?”

LINK to Book Discount: www.AylesburyPress.com

I’d like to hear from physicians, caregivers, and pharmaceutical professionals and what their understanding is of medical cannabis being a scientifically-based medication. I'll be back at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT) to answer your questions, Ask Me Anything!

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