Why Don’t Doctors Understand Medical Marijuana?

Why don’t doctors understand medical marijuana was a question put to cannabis experts Drs. Samoon Ahmad and Kevin Hill in a fascinating interview done by Paxton Quigley.


Dr. Ahmad, a psychiatry professor at New York University’s Grossman School of Medicine, said that a large part of the problem is due to the fact that there has been no real discussion of medical marijuana and the endocannabinoid system in medical schools over the past several decades. He lamented that the situation continues today although attitudes are slowly changing. 


Ahmad and his colleague Dr. Kevin Hill, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, are among the medical experts who hope to remedy the lack of cannabis education among healthcare providers while also providing information to cannabis consumers and potential medical marijuana patients. 

BIDMC addiction specialist Kevin Hill discusses common myths, benefits, and risks of marijuana use. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

To that end, Drs. Ahmad and Hill have published a book titled Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook. It’s a companion website, cannabistextbook.com is updated regularly with any and all news and changes to the cannabis sector. 


The book has been described as “a very timely, unbiased book that presents the benefits and risks associated with the use of cannabis and that will help bring greater transparency to the debate over cannabis’ legitimacy as a therapeutic drug.”


In the interview, the two doctors delve into the difficult conversation surrounding cannabis and mental health from a clinical perspective. 


Dr. Ahmad, who specializes in the psychopharmacological treatment of psychotic, mood, anxiety and substance use disorders, is also the founder of the Integrative Center for Wellness in New York City.


Their book, Medical Marijuana: A Clinical Handbook is available for purchase at cannabistextbook.com.


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