Medical Marijuana for children with cancer broadly supported by Doctors

An overwhelming majority of health care professionals who care for children with cancer would be willing to help those children get medical marijuana—though less enthusiastically if they happen to be among the providers who are actually eligible to provide it, found a new study.

In a survey of pediatric oncology providers published in Pediatrics, 85% of providers who were certified to provide access to medical marijuana would be willing to help children with cancer access it, compared to 95% of their colleagues who lacked the ability to provide it.

Those with the professional ability to provide patients with medical marijuana were also less supportive of children smoking it or using oral formulations, though they strongly supported clinical trials to investigate its use in children. They also became increasingly willing to support children’s use of it as the child’s disease became more advanced or the child came closer to dying....

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