Bridging the cannabis knowledge gap in palliative care

Doctor checking the patients hands

My extensive experience in the CBD and hemp industry over more than ten years has equipped me with a deep understanding of the complexities within the cannabis sector. This knowledge was particularly illuminated upon discovering a study from Boston, revealing a significant gap in medical cannabis understanding among hospice and palliative care professionals.

Led by Harvard researchers, the study involved 123 fellows and found that a striking 71% felt inadequately informed to discuss medical cannabis with patients, highlighting a critical need for education in the healthcare community.

Addressing the information gap

The revelation that a majority of palliative care fellows feel underprepared to counsel on medical cannabis underscores a critical disconnect in healthcare education. Interestingly, 65% of those surveyed did acknowledge some form of formal training on the subject, signaling a shift towards recognizing the importance of cannabis knowledge in medical education.

The call for enhanced education

The study's findings spotlight a pressing need for expanded, high-quality research on medical cannabis within palliative care, alongside a more robust integration of cannabis education in medical training programs. This gap in knowledge and training not only hampers healthcare professionals' confidence in discussing cannabis-related options with patients but also impacts patient care in a field where symptom management is paramount.

Thinking over on these findings, I'm compelled to advocate for the integration of comprehensive cannabis education within the medical curriculum. The potential benefits of medical cannabis in symptom management, particularly within hospice and palliative care settings, cannot be fully realized without an informed and educated healthcare workforce.

As we continue to navigate the evolving landscape of medical cannabis, let's prioritize the empowerment of our healthcare professionals through education, ensuring they are equipped to make informed recommendations and provide the best care possible to their patients.

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Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen

Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen

About the author:

Robin Roy Krigslund-Hansen is known for his extensive knowledge and expertise in the fields of CBD and hemp production. With a career spanning over a decade in the cannabis industry, he has dedicated his life to understanding the intricacies of these plants and their potential benefits to human health and the environment. Over the years, Robin has worked tirelessly to promote the full legalization of hemp in Europe. His fascination with the plant's versatility and potential for sustainable production led him to pursue a career in the field.

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