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Cannabis Education Programs Gaining Legitimacy and Popularity Among Medical Patients

January 5, 2015

When it comes to medical marijuana, a lack of information continues to be a major pitfall for patients and medical practitioners alike. One doctor’s skepticism is passed on to his or her patients, who may never fully understand how cannabis can benefit them until they’ve done the research themselves. 

Education programs are a way for patients to equip themselves with the information they need when considering marijuana for their medical needs. One in particular, MedSchool For You powered by mdBriefCase, offers free education to those wondering, "Is medical marijuana right for me?"

Over the last decade, mdBriefCase has brought accredited continuing education to over 90,000 members of the healthcare field, and only recently has this information been delivered to the public eye, with materials sourced from doctors and professionals working from within the cannabis sphere. The free online courses are built into step-by-step modules that break down topics into easily digestible parts, and assessment quizzes at the beginning and end of a course allow users to compare their initial and newfound understandings of that medical subject.

Not only does MedSchool For You offer resources on how cannabis interacts with the body, patients can also take courses on Canada’s medical marijuana laws and regulations. This information comes interspersed between other medical topics, creating a space in which professionals and patients can start to see cannabis in a more mainstream medical context.

Surveys report that roughly 10% of medical professionals in Canada strongly endorse marijuana for medical use while 15% discourage it. The other 75% fall somewhere in between, but generally don’t recommend its therapeutic applications due to a lack of research. However, Canadian law mandates that if marijuana helps a patient’s symptom or conditions, a physician cannot deny them access. With new, easily accessible avenues of education opening up, the time is ripe for patients to join the conversation about medical marijuana. 

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