Doctors debate telling patients to smoke MarijuanaSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 02/20/2013 - 21:52
Doctors debate telling patients to smoke Marijuana
By Mary MacVean
February 20, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
Perhaps you know whether you’d want to use marijuana to relieve severe pain or nausea. But if you were a doctor, what would you tell patients who asked about taking something that’s against federal law?
The New England Journal of Medicine poses the question to its readers and on Wednesday presented arguments for and against from doctors.
The hypothetical patient is 68-year-old Marilyn, who has cancer and who says the standard medications are not relieving her pain and nausea. She lives in a state that allows medical marijuana use and says her family could grow it. She is asking her primary care doctor for advice.