How long should the testing period of a cannabinoid-based drug be?
According to the European Pain Federation position paper on the appropriate use of cannabis-based medicines, “a testing period of maximum 3 months should be considered both by patients and prescribers [or recommenders], to assess treatment efficacy and safety. At the end of this testing period, long‐term treatment should only be considered with significant improvement and lack of safety issues….If a satisfactory outcome is achieved, the patient should remain under close medical surveillance for the duration of cannabis‐based medicine therapy… If the predefined treatment goals are not achieved and/or unacceptable burden of side effects occur and/or signs of abuse and misuse are observed, the specific cannabis‐based medicines should be safely withdrawn and alternative options actively explored.” 🍂 New accredited CME/CE courses. Use coupon code FALL20 and save 20% on any course! 🍂
Häuser, W, Finn, DP, Kalso, E, et al. European Pain Federation (EFIC) position paper on appropriate use of cannabis‐based medicines and medical cannabis for chronic pain management. Eur J Pain.. 2018; 22: 1547– 1564. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30074291/