To someone who uses cannabis for something as comparatively basic as stress relief if medical cannabis is not prescribed, not all hope is lost. Such a person can choose other ways to relieve stress. However, patients of epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other uncommon debilitating conditions need the drug direly.
Not just for pain relief and better health, but for being able to feel like themselves and escape the torture of severe illness. Yet, NHS patients are unable to access medical cannabis which became legal last year in the United Kingdom. Patients are hence, seeking treatment from private clinics for improving their health as a BMJ journal report. Others are resorting to illegal cannabis use which is problematic because it can land them in prison. But what options do they have?
Opioids for pain relief don’t give as quick and efficient a solution. Not to forget that these medications do not come sans side effects. In fact, they carry the risk of overdosage, addiction, and even death. Yet, authorities encourage doctors to not prescribe cannabis. But if is legal, what is the problem, why are doctors not prescribing it?
1 – Lack of research
A lot of doctors are unwilling to prescribe cannabis for the scientific evidence is short. What if the risks, which have not yet been explored thoroughly, are bigger than the benefits? Sure, studies do support cannabis’ use, with or without THC, for relief from chronic pain. However, not much research is there regarding if cannabis can improve quality of life. In fear that it may not be as useful as risky, doctors and officials are reluctant.
2 – Lack of support
Another issue is that authorities are not supporting doctors. In fact, they are strongly insisting to not prescribe cannabis. So much so that some doctors have even been threatened that they would have to face consequences for prescribing the herb. To make matters worse, cannabis prescriptions are not insured. This means if anything unfortunate happens to a patient due to the use of prescribed cannabis, it’s the doctor who will suffer from a legal point of view.
3 – Lack of awareness
Cannabis has limited research surrounding it, but even more limited is awareness regarding its use. Doctors are not aware of how much of a dose to prescribe, the latest scientific news regarding the substance or which delivery mode to recommend. They are also not fully aware about the various strains of the plant. This makes it difficult to deal with as each and all these factors impact the results that people get out of use.
To sum up, authority pressure, less knowledge, and limited research are to blame. Once researchers find out more about this popular herb, doctors and officials will gain more confidence in prescribing.
Additionally, there’s a need for programs for educating professionals regarding cannabis in-depth as well as a supportive and backed environment for safe prescriptions for both patients and doctors.