A recent study presents a controversial issue regarding marijuana use for morning sickness. It turns out about 70 percent of 400 medical cannabis dispensaries would advise a pregnant woman to treat her morning sickness with marijuana. At the moment, science doesn’t provide too much evidence on the effect of the drug on unborn children. However, cannabis dispensary employees should still make recommendations only based on serious medical evidence.
Cannabis dispensaries freely recommend marijuana use for morning sickness
A team of researchers from the Universities of Colorado and Utah started this study on 400 medical marijuana dispensaries from the state of Colorado. All these facilities could either sell the drug for medical uses or for recreational ones, while some of them owned licenses for both.
For the study, researchers had a woman make phone calls to all these dispensaries. She claimed she was eight weeks pregnant and suffering from morning sickness. Also, she claimed she was calling for an advice on how to deal with the unpleasant symptoms of the condition. A majority of the dispensaries (81.5 percent) said she should talk to a doctor first.
However, quite a big number of them recommended some alternative solutions. Sixty-nine percent of the facilities, or 277, suggested marijuana use for morning sickness. Most of these dispensaries had a medical license, but even some of the others offered the same advice. Many of the suggestions included edibles, while some also recommended cannabis inhalation.
These facilities should advise people to see a doctor first
This situation isn’t too happy for these facilities. Recommending marijuana use for morning sickness is a delicate topic, and only 30 percent of them advised the woman to talk to a doctor without offering this alternative. The Marijuana Industry Group commented on the situation.
It seems the cannabis dispensary protocol forces employees to tell people to get medical advice first. While they can offer some suggestions, they should let everyone know they don’t have medical competence. These gaps highlighted by the study show the dispensaries need to review their policies and better inform their employees.
Recommending marijuana use for morning sickness was presented in a study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.
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