73 percent of doctors surveyed in the US believe in the use of cannabis as a medicine to treat pain. This is evident from recent data published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research.
For the study, a team of investigators affiliated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Public Health Service compiled responses from more than 2,200 practicing physicians, internists, nurses, and oncologists about their attitudes towards medical cannabis.
Overall, 69% of respondents said they believed cannabis had medicinal benefits. In addition to treating pain, those who preferred the medicinal use of marijuana most likely advocated it for cancer (72%) and nausea (61%).
Deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, Paul Armentano, issued a statement on the results on Friday, calling on politicians to continue changing marijuana laws.
“The vast majority of patients and their providers recognize that cannabis is a legitimate medicine,” said Armentano. “Politicians should not stand in the way of opposing efforts to allow medical professionals to recommend cannabis to their patients if they believe it is therapeutically appropriate.”