Survey suggests most pediatricians dealt with youngsters who used cannabis for medical purpose

A new survey shows plenty of Canadian pediatricians are dealing with young patients who have used marijuana for medical reasons.

The questionnaire for the Canadian Paediatric Surveillance Program found that half of respondents had a patient who had used cannabis for some sort of relief.

The study's principal investigator says it points to the need for more information for doctors, parents and patients alike.

Richard Belanger, a Quebec City pediatrician and professor at Laval University, said he was surprised by the survey results.

He says that more than a third of respondents, or 316 doctors, said they had been asked by a parent or adolescent patient to prescribe cannabis.

Only 34 doctors said they had done so, with many expressing reservations about the drug's efficacy, its impacts to developing young brains, and concerns about abuse and dependence.

The one-time survey was conducted in the spring of 2017.