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    A majority of health care workers such as doctors, nurses, and medical students would prescribe marijuana to patients if they could, according to an online survey conducted by the Figure 1 medical app for BuzzFeed Canada.
    a BuzzFeed survey of Canadian medical marijuana users that found over 40% used the drug for pain management, the most popular response.


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    Even though most heath care professionals surveyed said they would prescribe pot, they don’t view it as a first option when treating patients. Overall, 76% said they expect patients to try a more “traditional” therapy before marijuana.

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    Just under 30% of health care professionals surveyed said they would recommend patients take their marijuana by eating or drinking it. That was the most popular method, followed by oil at 21%.

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    “The strong preference for taking marijuana in food, drink or oil form makes sense, given the serious dangers of smoking,” said Dr. Joshua Landy, a critical care specialist and the co-founder of Figure 1.

    Twenty-one percent of respondents said they are not yet sure which method is best for patients. This element of uncertainty around medical marijuana isn’t surprising given that 97% said they could not currently prescribe marijuana to their patients.

    The final, optional question on the survey asked whether the health care professionals use marijuana themselves. A total of 17% said they use the drug, and more than 10,000 people chose to answer the question.

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    The country with the highest percentage of healthcare professionals who use marijuana? That was Canada, with 25% of respondents saying they use pot.

    The survey was conducted in the Figure 1 app and on its website between April 14 and 18, 2016.

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