Assessment of hospice health professionals' knowledge, views, and experience with medical marijuana

J Palliat Med. 2011 Dec;14(12):1291-5. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0113. Epub 2011 Nov 11.


The medicinal and recreational use of cannabis has been controversial, especially in the United States. Marijuana for medicinal use is approved in 14 U.S. states and has recently been considered for legalization in several additional states. Given its demonstrated efficacy in symptom management, marijuana has a potential role in palliative care. This study utilized a 16-item questionnaire to assess the knowledge, experience, and views of hospice professionals regarding the use of marijuana in terminally ill patients. The study results revealed that, like the general public, hospice health care providers are generally in favor of legalization of marijuana and, if legalized, would support its use in symptom management for their terminally ill patients.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Cannabinoids / pharmacology
  • Cannabinoids / therapeutic use*
  • Cannabis / chemistry
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Hospice Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Hospice Care / methods*
  • Hospice Care / standards
  • Humans
  • Legislation, Drug / standards
  • Legislation, Drug / trends
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Palliative Care / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Palliative Care / methods*
  • Palliative Care / standards
  • Phytotherapy / methods
  • Plant Preparations / therapeutic use
  • Terminally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States
  • Young Adult


  • Cannabinoids
  • Plant Preparations