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Barriers to the wider adoption of medicinal Cannabis.

. 2020 May;14(2):122-132.

doi: 10.1177/2049463720922884. Epub 2020 May 29.


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Stephen Ph Alexander. Br J Pain. .


The use of Cannabis-based preparations for medicinal use has waxed and waned in the multi-millennial history of human co-existence with the plant and its cultivation. Recorded use of preparations from Cannabis is effectively as old as recorded history with examples from China, India and Ancient Egypt. Prohibition and restriction of availability allowed a number of alternatives to take the place of Cannabis preparations. However, there has been a worldwide resurgence in medicinal Cannabis advocacy from the public. Media interest has been piqued by particular evocative cases. Altogether, therefore, there is pressure on healthcare professionals to prescribe and dispense Cannabis-based preparations. This review enunciates some of the barriers which are slowing the wider adoption of medicinal Cannabis.

Keywords: Cannabis; cannabidiol; cannabinoid; tetrahydrocannabinol.

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Conflict of interest: The author(s) declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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