Similar to how healthcare providers talk about habits with cigarette smoking or alcohol consumption, a new study implies that patients should be routinely asked about any cannabis consumption.
According to a research group at Washington State University, their new findings aim to give guidance on how to normalize the conversation to implement any treatment options that may be beneficial for such patients.
Appearing in Pain Management Nursing, the study highlighted the use of cannabis for chronic pain and associated symptoms and how health professionals can assist in decision-making for its usage.
“Current cannabis policies, state laws, research, and patient care practices related to medical and recreational cannabis in the United States were reviewed, along with best practices in shared decision-making,” said Marian Wilson and co-authors in the publication.
“Reviewed literature was then synthesized to create a model that can be used by registered nurses and others to address cannabis use, where legal, for pain and related symptoms.”
Wilson and her colleagues concluded the following, “Cannabis is a legal option for many patients with pain. To minimize harms and optimize benefits, nurses can play a key role when authorized by law in assisting with decision-making surrounding cannabis use.”