Pharmacists play a crucial role in the global health system than many people might think.
Typically, when you think of healthcare workers, you think of doctors, nurses, and other hospital staff.
However, after a person leaves a hospital or doctor’s office, the next place they often go is to a pharmacy to pick up medicine. And on a case-by-case basis, the patient may leave a pharmacy with a significant amount of medication.
It is relevant how these medications interact with other things the patient consumes, including cannabis.
A recent study shows that pharmacists do not discuss this with patients.
Pharmacists and cannabis questions
When a patient goes to the pharmacy, the typical experience is that they first pay for prescriptions, then consult with the pharmacist on duty.
The pharmacist will give a brief overview of how regularly you should take the medication and potential side effects, as well as remembering some things that may not interact well with the prescriptions.
Recently a study was conducted in which researchers examined, among other things, how often pharmacists talk to patients about cannabis use.
A total of 51 pharmacists participated in the study by filling in the survey questions.
Of the 51 pharmacists who participated, 20% received questions about medical marijuana daily or weekly, 57% monthly and 22% never, while 16% received questions about recreational marijuana weekly, 41% monthly and 43% never.
Also, 53% felt comfortable answering questions about medical marijuana, while 41% felt comfortable answering questions about recreational marijuana. The most common questions received were about indications, uses, and efficacy (33%), followed by drug interactions (30%).
Cannabis is much safer than most drugs, but that doesn’t mean that pharmacists and patients shouldn’t talk about it.
The limited searches condition
Cannabis research has exploded in recent years thanks to reforming victories in an increasing number of regions around the world. But, in principle, it is still limited.
Despite the growing number of cannabis studies, most pharmacists are not well informed because they are not up-to-date with the study results.
Hopefully, as time goes by, and with more patients continuing to ask about cannabis, pharmacists will be more attentive to seeking information and, therefore, better prepared to answer questions.
In a perfect world, a cannabis ban would not exist, and people would feel comfortable talking to pharmacists about cannabis. But many do not do so for fear of legal repercussions.
That is one of many reasons why the cannabis community must continue to fight for legalization.