Practical Aspects of Discussing Marijuana in a New Era

J Psychiatr Pract. 2016 Nov;22(6):471-477. doi: 10.1097/PRA.0000000000000189.


The use of marijuana for the treatment of medical conditions is a highly controversial topic. Misconceptions by both patients and providers concerning the safety of and evidence-based indications for marijuana can complicate treatment planning and outcomes. Maintaining skills such as motivational interviewing, providing evidence-based informed consent, and increasing access to care remain top priorities for providing quality patient care. The goal of this article is to offer guidance to clinical providers who are adapting to the changing realities of medical marijuana and legalized recreational marijuana.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Medical Marijuana / therapeutic use*
  • Mental Disorders / drug therapy*
  • Nervous System Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*


  • Medical Marijuana