- Valerie Bauman
- Staff Writer- Puget Sound Business Journal
- Three quarters of the world's doctors would prescribe marijuana under certain circumstances, according to a new survey by The New England Journal of Medicine.
The journal presented 1,446 physicians in 72 countries with the case study of Marilyn, a 68-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer. Opposing expert viewpoints were presented to the doctors, including one that argued marijuana should be used only when other options fail, and another saying there was “little scientific basis” to endorse marijuana for therapy.
In the case of Marilyn, the cancer had spread to her lungs and thoracic and lumbar spine. She was undergoing chemotherapy and had substantial pain and nausea that other drugs (including opiates) hadn’t relieved.
Among the doctors surveyed worldwide, 76 percent said they would prescribe marijuana. The same percentage also applied for North America. But support for medical marijuana varied significantly by region, from 1 percent of the Utah doctors surveyed, to 96 percent of their counterparts in Pennsylvania.
The journal’s overall conclusion was that physicians want more research to move the discussion forward with solid evidence. Of the 1,446 doctors surveyed, more than 1,000 were from the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
New Marijuana Studies:
CANCER - BREAST
CANCER - CERVICA
CANCER - COLORECTAL
CANCER - GLIOMA/BRAIN
CANCER - LEUKEMIA
CANCER - LUNG
CANCER - LYMPHOMA
CANCER - MELANOMA
CANCER - ORAL
CANCER - PANCREATIC
CANCER - PROSTATE
CANCER - RISK CANNABIS VS TOBACCO
CANCER - SKIN
CANCER - TESTICULAR
CANCER - THYROID
CANCER - VARIOUS/ UNNAMED
CANNADOR - a plant extract in pill form
CARDIOVASCULAR - see HEART DISEASE
CESAMET - see NABILONE
CHILDREN - YOUNG ADULTS
COGNATIVE EFFECTS / IQ/MEMORY
CP 7497 - a synthetic cannabinoid
CROHN'S - IBS - ULCERATIVE COLITIS
CRUETZFELDT - JACOB DISEASE- see MAD COW DISEASE
CT-3 - a synthetic cannabinoid
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Three out of four doctors would prescribe marijuana, survey finds
source: Business Journal (Puget Sound)
Posted by Jim Hatridge