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A new overview offers doctors practical advice on caring for cannabis users and patients with cannabis use disorders. The review provides evidence-based answers to frequently asked questions about cannabis use, including its health consequences, medical benefits, legal issues, and treatments available. In the Clinic: The supply of cannabis to the patient is published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

In the past 20 years there has been an explosion across the country in legal access to cannabis and cannabis-derived products for medical and recreational purposes. With expanded legal access, there have been major concerns that use, especially among young people, could increase and fuel the addiction pipeline. In addition, the increased availability of edible products made from cannabis is triggering fears of child poisoning and public poisoning such as drugs behind the wheel.

The authors from Columbia University’s New York State Psychiatric Institute, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School present the evidence and offer advice on treating the medical and psychological problems associated with cannabis use, especially when use becomes problematic. Currently, millions of adults meet the criteria for a cannabis use disorder in any given year, and all clinicians have important roles in improving clinical management from screening and diagnosis to monitoring treatment plans, the authors say. While there are no drugs specifically approved for cannabis use disorders, the authors provide advice on the pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatments that are available to practitioners.

The study shows that older adults use cannabis to treat more common conditions

More information:
Annals of Internal Medicine (2020). https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/10.7326/AITC202011030 Provided by the American College of Physicians

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