Doctors are Figuring Out When Marijuana is the Right Medicine, and When It’s Not

Despite increasing amounts of anecdotal and research evidence and increasingly easy access to it, many doctors are taking a  more cautious approach to prescribing cannabis outside of its well-known use for ailments like anxiety and depression. Its use remains controversial specifically among psychiatrists, according to a piece in Merry Jane.

Doctors willing to talk to their patients about cannabis say there needs to be a stronger dialogue about where cannabis could be helpful, where research continues to leave big unknowns, and where cannabis could even be harmful in treatment.

Cannabis, when suggested, is most widely used for depression, anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In New York, in fact, PTSD is “the only mental health indication for which doctors are legally allowed to prescribe cannabis.”

According to Merry Jane clinicians have varying perspectives on treating clients with cannabis. For example, of those clinicians who do not prescribe it themselves, some will

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