Lessons from Medical Marijuana Dispensaries for Mainstream Medicine | David Casarett, M.D.

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Physician David Casarett explains what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.

Dr. David Casarett, a Palliative Care Physician working with patients who suffer from chronic serious illnesses including rheumatoid arthritis, cancer, lupus, diabetes, sclerosis, to name a few shares poignant observations on why patients turn to medical marijuana and its efficacy.  Key takeaways include that there are benefits as well as risks to medical marijuana, bottom line, we need to ask the federal government to reschedule it for additional research.  As well, patients who turn to medical marijuana do so not because of the balance of benefit to risk or because it is a wonder drug but because of the context in which it is administered and delivered providing patients with some semblance of control, personalized attention, education, and support.

"It gave them control over their illness."

Dr. Casarett notes a hive of interaction between medical marijuana patients providing information and support as well as the education, personalized attention and time spent by dispensary owners and bud-tenders with each patient. He urges lessons learned from medical marijuana dispensaries should be a wake-up call for a positive adjunct to the mainstream medical establishment practices.


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