Canada is in the midst of drawing up guidelines for end-of-life care, but some doctors believe that the medical system isn’t doing enough to offer high-quality pain relief to patients, including the option to use medical marijuana.
Though researchers are learning that cannabis can offer many benefits in pain relief, less than 10 per cent of palliative care patients are able to access the drug, in part because of outdated restrictions that make it hard to access, some doctors say.
Fulvia Mrusek is one patient who is able to use medical marijuana. The 66-year-old Woodbridge, Ont., resident recently learned she has Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her bones, despite the fact that she never smoked.
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