More than 1 in 3 pain patients ask doctors about cannabis

Many of the doctors are reluctant to prescribe, citing cost and lack of knowledge, survey shows

More than a third of chronic pain patients have asked a GP about medical cannabis as a treatment option, but many say they've faced reluctance, survey results show.

Doctors typically cite cost and a lack of knowledge about how to access the treatment as the main reasons for their negativity, according to a nationwide poll conducted by Chronic Pain Australia.

The not-for-profit, non-government organisation interviewed 2233 Australians in June about their health experiences over the previous 12 months and found 39%