Evaluation of students’ knowledge of cannabis influence on human health
Current Issues in Pharmacy and Medical Sciences Vol. 26, No. 2, Pages 235-239
JAN SOBCZYŃSKI1, MARIOLA DROZD1*, SYLWIA WOŚKO1, SŁAWOMIR WIELGUS1,
ANETA OSTAPKIEWICZ1, MONIKA KOCHANIEC2, JOLANTA SZYMAŃSKA3
1 Department of Applied Pharmacy, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
2 Lubfarm S.A. Lublin, Poland
3 Chair and Department of Pedodontics, Medical University of Lublin, Poland
Active ingredients of cannabis are reported to possess a dis tinct pharmacological effect on human body and may therefore be utilized to treat certain diseases. However, according to the Polish law cannabis is an illicit drug. As opinions on cannabis are conflicting, negative perception and lack of knowledge and of cannabis may hinder its future medical use. The aim of this study was to evaluate students’ knowledge of cannabis and cannabis products. The study was performed using a survey method; respondents (176 students representing various courses and universities) answered the questions included in a questionnaire. Questions concerned cannabis impact on human health and its po ten tial use in medical practice. Study participants were also asked about their sources of information on cannabis. The re sult showed that although the majority of the study participants knew about possible use of cannabis in medicine, the knowl edge of specific cannabis uses was low. It can be therefore concluded that there is a risk of future rejection of the medical use of cannabis by patients due to insufficient knowledge. The basic knowledge should be included in educating students on drugs and their health impact. Most of the respondents declared media, as a source of information on cannabis.
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