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J Drugs Dermatol. 2022 Jan 1;21(1):31-36. doi: 10.36849/JDD.2022.6540.


BACKGROUND: Access to medical cannabis products (MCPs) has rapidly increased though literature on consumer behaviors and attitudes with regards to dermatologic use is limited.

OBJECTIVE: We sought to address the gap of knowledge regarding consumer utilization and perspectives surrounding MCPs for dermatologic indications.

METHODS: A survey was emailed via SurveyMonkey’s platform to adult users of their rewards panel asking about usage patterns and beliefs regarding MCP use to treat dermatologic conditions.

RESULTS: 504 of 700 survey invitations sent out were completed (72% response rate). 17.6% of respondents used an over-the-counter (OTC) cannabis product without dermatologist recommendation to treat a skin condition [most common indications: acne (28.4%) and psoriasis (26.1%)]. Of those who had seen a dermatologist, 15.3% used an OTC product [most common indications: psoriasis (32%) and rosacea (30%)] and 7.8% used an MCP which required a Department of Health-approved card per their dermatologist’s recommendations [most common indications: acne (68%) and psoriasis (28%)]. 11.8% of respondents were not comfortable seeing a dermatologist who recommended MCPs.

LIMITATIONS: Limitations include small sample size as well as selection bias.

CONCLUSION: Consumers are interested in and are using MCPs for dermatologic indications, most commonly for inflammatory skin disorders. Targeted education for dermatologists is recommended. J Drugs Dermatol. 2022;21(1):31-36. doi:10.36849/JDD.6540.

PMID:35005866 | DOI:10.36849/JDD.2022.6540

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