PubMed: Physician Trainees' Perception of Cannabidiol Use in Medicine: A Survey Study

PubMed: Physician Trainees' Perception of Cannabidiol Use in Medicine: A Survey Study

Cureus. 2023 Oct 17;15(10):e47228. doi: 10.7759/cureus.47228. eCollection 2023 Oct.


PURPOSE: Given the ongoing national opiate crisis, physicians have been challenged with mitigating the risk of opiate dependence in their patients. With current physician efforts to mitigate the risks of treating pain with opioid prescriptions, this study evaluates medical students’ and residents’ understanding and perceptions regarding cannabidiol (CBD) in current medical care and their future medical practice.

METHODS: Orthopedic residents from all American programs and medical students from 50 medical schools, regardless of training year or future specialty plans, were eligible to participate in this survey-based study administered from December 2022 to March 2023. The surveys ask questions about demographic information, what education they receive on CBD utilization in medicine, thoughts on CBD effectiveness in pain control, and future plans on utilizing CBD.

RESULTS: A total of 55 residents (1.4%) and 53 medical students (5.1%) responded. Trainees in CBD-legal states were more likely to work with physicians who use CBD in their practice. Most trainees, regardless of location, believe CBD use has a stigma attached to it. Many responders were concerned about the role of CBD in pain control. Finally, most trainees believed that CBD is easy to access if desired and is affordable to purchase.

CONCLUSION: The trajectory of CBD use in the United States indicates that the therapeutic benefits of CBD will be targeted, and future physicians are not always provided adequate educational opportunities to learn about its potential medical uses. Continued training as well as interactions with patients may help decrease the stigma surrounding medical CBD use and help solidify its therapeutic use in pain control.

PMID:38022327 | PMC:PMC10653979 | DOI:10.7759/cureus.47228 November 29, 2023 11:00 am