CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – The Cleveland Clinic, voted one of the best hospitals in the United States, will not be prescribing medical marijuana to its patients because of the belief in better alternatives.
Medical marijuana has not been clinically tested extensively for safety and efficacy, it is not closely regulated from production to distribution, nor has it been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to the Clinic’s “healthessentials” blog.
“To be clear, there is a difference between medications and ‘medical marijuana’ in the popular sense of the term,” Paul Terpeluk, DO, Medical Director, Employee Health Services at the Cleveland Clinic wrote.
While the Cleveland Clinic will not be prescribing medical marijuana, the hospital system does prescribe medications that contain the compound cannabidiol, or CBD.
“These are the types of marijuana-derived medicines Cleveland Clinic supports and prescribes,” Terpeluk added. “Unfortunately, that’s not what will be sold through dispensaries. Products such as vaporizers, edibles, oils, tinctures and patches all lack uniform dosing specificity.”
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