Education, Knowledge, and Practice Characteristics of Cannabis Physicians

By Kevin M. Takakuwa, Anthony Mistretta, Vanessa K. Pazdernik, and Dustin Sulak

Context:Medical cannabis use has increased in recent years despite being a federally illegal drug in the United States. States with medical cannabis use laws require patients to be certified by physicians. However, little is known about the education, knowledge, and practice characteristics of physicians who recommend and supervise patients’ use of medical cannabis.

Objective: This study assessed how U.S. physicians who practice cannabis medicine are educated, self-assess their knowledge, and describe their practice.

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Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, published online August 23, 2019