Discrepancy found between empirical evidence and cannabis users’ beliefs about medical marijuana

  • Discrepancy found between empirical evidence and cannabis users’ beliefs about medical marijuana
  • Researchers quizzed cannabis enthusiasts at a marijuana advocacy event about their beliefs on whether the drug is effective in treating certain medical conditions.
  • ” There is a big discrepancy between what the empirical evidence is saying and what people believe,” said Daniel Kruger, PhD, the lead author of the study, which was published this month in the American Journal of Health Promotion .
  • Participants’ knowledge was compared with National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) conclusions regarding medical effectiveness and risk related to cannabis use.
  • The knowledge gap identified in the study is significant from a public health perspective, researchers say, adding that as a growing number of states legalize — or consider legalizing — adult recreational marijuana use, the conversation needs to shift.

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