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Do PCPs Recommend Medical Marijuana to Patients?

J Am Board Fam Med; 2018 Sep-Oct; Kondrad, et al

Communication is poor between patients and primary care physicians (PCPs) regarding medical marijuana use, a recent study found. Paired surveys were distributed to PCPs and their patients to assess the frequency of patient marijuana use and communication with PCPs about use. Researchers found:

  • Of 242 patients surveyed, 22% reported marijuana use in the past 6 months and 61% identified as medical marijuana users.
  • PCPs did not complete state forms to recommend medical marijuana for any of the surveyed medical marijuana users.
  • PCPs were aware of marijuana use in their patients only 53% of the time.
  • PCPs identified conditions they believed could be adversely affected by marijuana use in 31% of users.


Kondrad EC, Reed AJ, Simpson MJ, Nease Jr DE. Lack of communication about medical marijuana use between doctors and their patients. J Am Board Fam Med. 2018;31:805-808. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2018.05.170462.