Cannabis: the future doctors swim in a deep fog

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The young doctors are concerned about the lack of training provided to prepare them, as early as next July, to the legalization of marijuana.

The young doctors are concerned about the lack of training provided to prepare them, as early as next July, to the legalization of marijuana and its potential impact on the health of the patients. Door-to-fake with the official position of the College of physicians, future doctors deem that it is necessary to invest in order to prepare for this new and ” protect the legal access to cannabis for medical purposes “.


This is at least the point of view of the Fédération médicale étudiante du Québec (FMEQ) that, while supporting the bill proposed by Quebec, makes certain reservations in regard to it. The position of the doctors is surprising in the face of that put forward by the College of physicians that, since 2014, believes that ” the dried cannabis is not a treatment recognized by the medical profession “.


And this, because the effect of marijuana on various diseases, says the College, has not been the subject of scientific studies are quite advanced. The Code of ethics of physicians obliges them to refrain from having recourse to treatment are insufficiently proven.




However, the young doctors, themselves, expect to have to deal as soon as July not only with the patients who use marijuana for medical purposes (permitted in 2014), but also with patients who will make use for recreational purposes. What that says about the College, they feel that the current training of health professionals in this regard is wholly insufficient.


“It is not for or against marijuana, it is permitted to have a less legalistic. Our concern aims for the future doctors who have to treat patients who make use of it for non-medical purposes. We would also like to have clear indications on the contexts in which cannabis can be prescribed. Nothing is known about the interaction of these drugs with other. Pharmacists will be confronted as these new questions, ” says Philippe Simard, vice-president of the FMEQ.


The Federation, she, she says that it is not opposed to the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and would even like to that patients will have access to it through the RAMQ, just like any other drug.


“The act already provides that it may be prescribed, so it should be recognized as a drug, so that people can be reimbursed by the RAMQ. What is more worrying is that cannabis is prescribed for medical purposes to be used for recreational purposes “, adds Philippe Simard.


For the FMEQ, it would be necessary to limit the THC content of the marijuana to 15 % and to determine the rate of cannabiol from which the cannabis can have therapeutic effects, including pain patients. Worried for the young and the vulnerable populations, the medical students also wish that measures be taken to prevent the “trivialization” of cannabis use.


The College remains on its position


The Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ) is still arguing about him prudence since the entry into force, in 2014, of the federal regulations allowing doctors to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes. “We always think of it as a drug not recognized that can be used only in a research setting,” said Leslie Labranche, for the CMQ. In this context, physicians who want to prescribe dried cannabis to their patients must do so in the context of research approved by research ethics committees, including one led by Dr. Mark Ware, of McGill University. The College finance part of this study initiated in may 2015 of which we are still waiting for the results.

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