Medical Use of Marijuana in Palliative Care

Suzanne Johannigman, RN, BSN, OCN; Valerie Eschiti, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, CHTP, CTN-A


Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2013;17(4):360-362. 

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Marijuana has been documented to provide relief to patients in palliative care. However, healthcare providers should use caution when discussing medical marijuana use with patients. This article features a case study that reveals the complexity of medical marijuana use. For oncology nurses to offer high-quality care, examining the pros and cons of medical marijuana use in the palliative care setting is important.

Historically, marijuana has been used as a natural remedy for various ailments. Examining the pros and cons of the medical use of marijuana in the palliative care setting is important for oncology nurses and advanced practice nurses (APNs).