Assessing the current state of medical education on cannabis in Canada: Preliminary findings from Quebec

Paediatr Child Health. 2020 Jun;25(Suppl 1):S29-S33. doi: 10.1093/pch/pxaa015. Epub 2020 Jun 15.


The legalization of recreational cannabis across Canada has revealed the importance of medical education on cannabis-related topics. A recent study has indicated that Canadian physicians report a significant gap in current versus desired knowledge regarding the therapeutic use of cannabis. However, the state of education on cannabis has never been studied in Canadian medical schools. This article presents the preliminary findings of a survey conducted to understand the perceptions of Quebec's medical students regarding cannabis-related teachings in their current curriculum. Overall, students reported very low to low levels of exposure to, knowledge of, and comfort levels with cannabis-related subjects. The majority of students reported that they felt that their medical curricula did not prepare them to face cannabis-related issues in their future practices. Strategies need to be developed for improving medical school curriculum regarding cannabis-related issues. These findings provide potential key strategies to improve curricula.

Keywords: Cannabinoids; Cannabis; Cannabis legalization; Knowledge transfer; Medical education.