Posted 9/20/2017 by hhill
Hey, isn't medical marijuana now legal in many states, including in Massachusetts? And isn't recreational marijuana not far behind? Yes and yes, but that does not mean it is easy to get a prescription.
I am unaware of any of our medical oncologists who are comfortable writing prescriptions for their patients. The reasons range from "It's not nationally legal" to uncertainty about the best uses/doses to a general sense of unease. Let's be clear that marijuana is not the perfect cure for any symptoms that might be bothersome. In my experience through all these years of illegal use by patients, it sometimes helps and sometimes doesn't. I suspect that the efficacy is not so different than that of other, for example, anti-nausea drugs. But, for some people, it is really helpful, and the process should not be so cumbersome.