OPINION: Research funding, doctor buy-in key to keeping medical cannabis an option for patients
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When the issue was raised in a National Post (NP) article in December, one of the experts quoted was Dr. Hance Clarke, director of pain services at Toronto General Hospital. Dr. Clarke, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto and a scientific advisor at Scientus Pharma, reports that his pain clinic is seeing more people interested in using cannabis as a medicine under the supervision of a doctor.
Instead of people flocking to the adult-use market, he claims they seem to be moving towards the medical market, with, as reported in the article, 15 out of 20 of his patients seeking cannabis as a treatment. More and more people want to talk about medical cannabis with their doctor, and Dr. Clarke suggests that physicians need to educate themselves to avoid pain sufferers from opting for unguided self-medication.
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