Medical Cannabis Review Articles and Reports on Terminal Illness
Cannabis for symptom control
Aggarwal SK, Blinderman CD. #279. J Palliat Med. 2014;17:612-614.
A very short, but good, review of pharmacology, dosing, side effects/risks, and evidence of effectiveness for conditions relevant to palliative care.
Pot in palliative care: What do we need to know?
Strouse TB. J Palliat Med 2015;18:7-10.
An opinion piece by a psychiatrist at UCLA. It includes 9 “Take Home” practical points for palliative care physicians working with patients using cannabis or cannabinoids.
Cannabis in palliative care: current challenges and practical recommendations
Cyr C, Arboleda MR, Aggarwal SK, Balneaves LG, et al. Cannabis in palliative care: current challenges and practical recommendations. Ann Palliat Med 2018;7:463-477.
This article is structured as responses to 9 questions regarding use of cannabis and cannabinoids in palliative care. It builds on this content with a table containing practical clinical recommendations. Examples of the questions include: 1) When is it appropriate to consider medical cannabis treatment for a palliative care patient?; 2) How do we define the objectives of cannabinoid therapy and manage expectations?; 3) Is there a difference between a naïve versus an experienced cannabis user?; 4) Which precautions and/or contraindications should be considered before authorizing medical cannabis in the palliative care population?