Patients must have access to reliable information about medical cannabis from their doctor, say the authors of a new study, which highlights the knowledge gaps among dispensary workers.
With research suggesting that many patients with cancer are using cannabis for medical purposes – and oncology teams tending to offer little guidance about its use – patients are often turning for advice to staff at cannabis dispensaries.
However, a new study by researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the US, suggests that despite a commitment by many dispensary workers to educate themselves about medical cannabis, dispensaries often prioritise sales skills over cannabis knowledge, and the level of on-the-job training at dispensaries is notably uneven.
The study, published by the journal JCO Oncology Practice, is based on in-depth interviews with 26 workers at cannabis dispensaries in 13 states.
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Study highlights training gaps among US cannabis dispensaries