OHSU Doc Drafts Cannabis Primer for Other Physicians

Guide demystifies basics to aid treatment plans.

You’ve heard of the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy? Now comes a short guide for psychiatrists and other doctors to navigate the world of cannabis, helping them to treat their patients.

Don’t know what BHO is? Vaping? (And is it possible that in 2018 you’ve never heard of a “bowl?”)

This new primer for health practitioners, developed by two Portland doctors, will explain. It’s pretty basic stuff, but that’s what Dr. Jeramy Peters says he was after.

A resident in psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University Hospital, Peters says that up to 80 percent of the patients he sees consume cannabis regularly or have in the recent past.

To some doctors, the world of marijuana and terms used to describe the many ways people consume it can be as mystifying as medical jargon to someone trying to understand a treatment plan.

Eager to get a better handle on the topic, Peters and a colleague, Dr. Joseph Chien, reviewed the types of cannabis available in the current market and came up with a quick rundown for physicians.