A study of the “Training and Practices of Cannabis Dispensary Staff” published in” Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research” reports that 94% of dispensary staff provide specific cannabis advice to patients. Only 55% report some formal training for their position and only 20% report some medical or scientific training. There is currently no guidance or oversight of their patient care. In addition, only a few states require specific training and continuing medical education for physicians recommending medical marijuana or those dispensing cannabis to patients. The study points to differences between product recommendations and available medical knowledge. Based on these findings, it appears that a number of dispensary staff are providing recommendations for marijuana medications that have either not been shown to be effective or could even worsen a patient’s condition. This calls into question the quality of medical advice given to patients receiving medical marijuana.
Guidance from a recommending physician who is an expert cannabis clinician is of great importance to receiving an effective medical marijuana treatment plan. In Ohio there are many medical marijuana card chains that advertise only a quick evaluation for a State of Ohio medical marijuana card, further stating that no follow up is required until the annual card renewal. A comprehensive medical marijuana treatment plan and guidance is not provided. This leaves the patient on their own to determine a medical marijuana treatment plan including choosing the most effective forms, routes, and doses from the more than 2,500 medical marijuana products available. It is the responsibility of the recommending physician to educate the patient and guide the patient’s treatment. This is the model of Integrative Medicine used at InteCare Medical clinic. For a comprehensive integrative medical marijuana treatment plan and guidance, visit Dr. Zainey at InteCare Medical Clinic. Visit us at IntecareMedicalClinic.com and request an appointment or call us at 937-874-5766.