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Flipping the Script

The concept of “plants as medicines” is often met with skepticism in modern medicine, despite many popular pharmaceuticals originating in plants. There is no better example than the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum, which has spawned multiple pharmaceuticals for sedation and pain management. Few in the medical community would question the efficacy of these particular plant-derived drugs, but the sentiment shifts dramatically when the conversation moves to Cannabis sativa

Even as we transition into a new age of legalization, physicians have few evidence-based guidelines for the prescription of cannabis.

Although cannabis has been used to treat various ailments for centuries (1, 2), research into the potential medical benefits of cannabis has been severely impeded by political and social influences (3, 4). Thus, even as we transition into a new age of legalization, physicians have few evidence-based guidelines for the prescription of cannabis. Some of the major barriers to physicians accepting medical cannabis as a true therapy include: 

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Jason Dyck

Jason Dyck is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Canada Research Chair in Molecular Medicine at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

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