Ethical issues in medical cannabis use


      • The increasing use of medical cannabis (MC) in the previous decade has raised several ethical issues.
      • Although most of these concerns are common to prescribing any medical regimen, some are unique to MC utilization.
      • In the current review we will discuss these issues in the light of the current experience of MC continuously expended use.


      The increasing use of medical cannabis (MC) in the past decade raises several ethical considerations for the clinician. Regulatory issues stem from a gap between MC registration and certification in each country. Professional issues derive from the lack of sufficient knowledge of MC characteristics and the intersection between the physician, the patient and commercial interests. Finally, there are medical and psychological implications which are related to the use of MC regimens. We will discuss these issues in the light of the current era, in which policy has rapidly shifted toward legalization of cannabis, which influences the decisions of both clinicians and patients.


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