Medical Cannabis for the Primary Care Physician

Deepika Slawek, Senthil Raj Meenrajan, Marika Rose Alois, Paige Comstock Barker, Irene Mison Estores, Robert Cook

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Medical cannabis use is common in the United States and increasingly more socially acceptable. As more patients seek out and acquire medical cannabis, primary care physicians will be faced with a growing number of patients seeking information on the indications, efficacy, and safety of medical cannabis. We present a case of a patient with several chronic health conditions who asks her primary care provider whether she should try medical cannabis. We provide a review of the pharmacology of medical cannabis, the state of evidence regarding the efficacy of medical cannabis, variations in the types of medical cannabis, and safety monitoring considerations for the primary care physician.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Primary Care and Community Health
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2019



  • adverse effects
  • chronic pain
  • medical cannabis
  • medical marijuana
  • primary care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Slawek, D., Meenrajan, S. R., Alois, M. R., Comstock Barker, P., Estores, I. M., & Cook, R. (2019). Medical Cannabis for the Primary Care Physician. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health, 10.