76% of doctors approve of medical marijuana
Published on 6/10/13
more than 76% of doctors approved the use of medical marijuana according to a recent survey by the New England Journal of Medicine. They polled 1,446 doctors from 72 differnt countries and 56 differen states and provinces in North America. Over 115 doctors even posted comments on why they believe it should be allowed for medical purposes!
"We were suporsed by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purpose- even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries," the survey authors wrote.
The surveyed doctors were given a hypothetical case about a woman named "Marylin", a 68-year-old woman who had breast cancer that had spread to her lungs, chest cavity, and spine. The doctors were asked if they woudl give her medical marijuana to help with her symptoms, and more than three quateres of the physicians approve the usage in this scenario.
Marijuana has been linked to a number of medical benifits and treatments, including pain relief, improve mood, and increase appetite. Doctors who said they would prescribe medical marijuana talked alot about their responsibilitiy to help minize the patient's suffering, and the known dangers of prescription narcotics and painkillers. Many also pointed out personal cases where medical marijauna was able to help a patient.