Aurora Spokesperson Says Cannabis Prescription Important Though – LPC
It seems to be a catch-22 when it comes to getting a cannabis prescription. Andrea Paine, Aurora Cannabis’ national director of government relations, advised cancer patients near Montreal to get one.
“It is important to have a prescription from a doctor,” Paine told patients at the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre in Kirkland, Que. Paine was invited to talk about how to navigate the system to get a cannabis prescription. “It’s important to speak with your doctor about drug interference and dosage.”
But those patients had stories of their own. They talked about the fact that many doctors simply won’t give a cannabis prescription. One cancer patient said the doctors she talked to didn’t believe it worked. Paine suggested they visit one of the Santé Cannabis clinics in the area. But another patient said she had been on a wait list since May.
Many cancer patients report that cannabis can help with various symptoms. These include nausea from chemotherapy, pain, anxiety, and loss of appetite. Getting a cannabis prescription doesn’t automatically solve all the problems. In fact, no one is quite sure why it works for one patient and not another, or why it works at all.
Lack of Research the Problem – LPC
And that presents a problem for doctors, explaining why many don’t want to write that cannabis prescription. Earlier this year, the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) called for research into medical cannabis risks and benefits. It recognizes that there is some evidence to suggest cannabis works for some conditions. The article mentions severe childhood epilepsy and chemotherapy-induced nausea.
However, there is also evidence to suggest that cannabis can simply trigger a placebo effect. Drug vs. placebo is one of the most basic tests for medications. Further, there is also the real risk of cannabis addiction. These and many other cannabis-related questions still do not have complete enough answers. Until doctors can find answers, they won’t be providing patients with a cannabis prescription anytime soon.
However, there is hope. Now that cannabis is legalized, Canada is becoming a hotbed of cannabis research. Paine said that there are over 800 clinical trials going on worldwide investigating pain relief alone. Aurora is involved in 40 of those studies, she said.
Once the risks and benefits of medical cannabis become clearer, more doctors will be willing to provide that cannabis prescription.
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