Seventy percent of U.S. physicians acknowledge some therapeutic qualities of cannabis and over half believe that the plant should be legal for non-medical purposes, according to survey data released this week by WebMD/Medscape.
Sixty-nine percent of the MD respondents said that cannabis can help in the treatment of specific diseases and 67 percent said that the plant should be available as a legal therapeutic option for patients.
Oncologists and hematologists were most likely to express support for the use of cannabis for medical purposes, with rheumatologists least likely to say the cannabis provides therapeutic benefits.
Regarding non-medical use, 56 percent of the MDs surveyed said that they support making the plant legal nationwide for adults.
Over 1,500 physicians representing more than 12 specialty areas participated in the survey with a margin of error of +/- 2.5 percent.