There is a Systemic Lack of Education About the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Leading to Little Familiarity With the ECS, Cannabis, and Cannabis Side Effect Profile by the general public, physicians, and dispensary staff.
By David Bearman, M.D. (via LinkedIn)
There is paucity of education up and down the line from grade school through grad school and medical school regarding cannabis, cannabinoids and the ECS. This serious gap in education ignores what is arguably the largest neurotransmitter system in the human brain. This omission is in large part related to the government dealing with many psychoactive substances on a criminal justice basis not as medicine and neither following nor promoting the science. Rather than taking a rational evidence based approach to psychoactive substances, we have taken a hysterical stigmatizing approach.
Much of education problem can be traced to our medical schools. The majority of U.S medical schools are not even addressing the ECS, let alone the medicinal utility of cannabis. The appropriate cannabis dosage THC:CBD ratio and role of terpenes for various medicinal indications is almost completely void. A 2014 survey revealed only 13% of all U.S. medical schools even discussed the endocannabinoid system let alone teaches on medical cannabis.