Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Medical Cannabis

J Palliat Med. 2019 Mar;22(3):319-325. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2018.0641. Epub 2019 Jan 14.


The use of medical cannabis is increasing significantly throughout the United States in spite of limited and sometimes contradictory data about its effectiveness. Palliative care providers are being asked to consider cannabis as part of symptom-directed treatment regimens although many providers have limited experience recommending medical cannabis and were trained before it was commercially available. This article seeks to dispel myths about medical cannabis and provides a balanced view of the benefits and burdens of this therapeutic option, providing evidence where it exists and offering practicing clinicians guidance on conditions in which medical cannabis is likely to be helpful or burdensome.

Keywords: cannabinoids; medical cannabis; medical marijuana; palliative care; route of administration; symptom control.

MeSH terms

  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Medical Marijuana / therapeutic use*
  • Palliative Care*
  • United States


  • Medical Marijuana