Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Offer Insight in Patient Care
Many patients seek treatment at medical marijuana dispensaries because of the superb customer service and sense of control over illness they offer, not because they consider marijuana a wonder drug, said David Casarett, MD, chief of palliative care at the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina.
In 28 states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico, patients can use medical marijuana in the way they want, when they want it. They don’t need an appointment and, if the treatment doesn’t work for them, they can make changes.
“If that sounds like a little thing for someone with a chronic illness, it’s not,” Dr Casarett told attendees at TEDMED 2016 in Palm Springs, California.
Although the patients he sees are facing the end of their lives and have much to fear medically, the thing that scares them the most is loss of control and the need to depend on someone else, he explained.