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Oncologist Discusses Medical Marijuana for Chronic Pain Management

Danielle Bucco
Published: Tuesday, Dec 05, 2017

Jerry W. Mitchell, MD

Jerry W. Mitchell, MD
Researchers are continuously looking for chronic pain relief regimens to counter the painful side effects of cancer treatments. For example, medical marijuana is currently being suggested as an alternative option to traditional opioid medications.

on Hematologic Malignancies, Mitchell, a hematologist at Mount Carmel Health System, discusses the use of medical marijuana as a chronic pain relief for patients with hematologic malignancies ad other tumor types.

OncLive: Please provide an overview of your talk on medical marijuana.

Mitchell: One of the key points from my presentation is that marijuana is not 1 medicine; it is 85 different medicines. What matters is the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol versus the concentration of cannabidiol. That ratio differs based on what type of plant or material you have and how it's being taken in. It emphasizes the importance of having a regulated market because, otherwise, it is hard to get a consistent product.
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