PubMed: Medicinal Cannabis Guidance and Resources for Health Professionals to Inform Clinical Decision Making

PubMed: Medicinal Cannabis Guidance and Resources for Health Professionals to Inform Clinical Decision Making

Clin Ther. 2023 Jun;45(6):527-534. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2023.03.007.


PURPOSE: Interest in the use of cannabis as a medicine has markedly increased during the last decade, with an unprecedented number of patients now seeking advice or prescriptions for medicinal cannabis. Unlike other medicines prescribed by physicians, many medicinal cannabis products have not undergone standard clinical trial development required by regulatory authorities. Different formulations with varying strengths and ratios of tetrahydrocannabinol and cannabidiol are available, and this diversity of medicinal cannabis products available for a myriad of therapeutic indications adds to the complexity. Physicians face challenges and barriers in their clinical decision making with medicinal cannabis because of current evidence limitations. Research efforts to address evidence limitations are ongoing; in the interim, educational resources and clinical guidance are being developed to address the gap in clinical information and support the needs of health professionals.

METHODS: This article provides an overview of various resources that health professionals may use when seeking information about medicinal cannabis in the absence of high-quality evidence and clinical guidelines. It also identifies examples of international evidence-based resources that support clinical decision making with medicinal cannabis.

FINDINGS: Similarities and differences between international examples of guidance and guideline documents are identified and summarized.

IMPLICATIONS: Guidance can help guide physicians in the individualized choice and dose of medicinal cannabis. Before quality clinical trials and regulator-approved products with risk management programs, safety data require clinical and academic collaborative pharmacovigilance.

PMID:37414503 | DOI:10.1016/j.clinthera.2023.03.007–a3-xbLzPoB9xM&fc=20220928170152&ff=20230707112424&v=2.17.9.post6+86293ac July 6, 2023 10:00 am