As with many other substances, a patient’s use of marijuana, both medically and recreationally, can impact physical therapy outcomes.
We have a lot yet to learn, and many issues are in flux: State laws and regulations around medical and recreational use are changing, making it imperative to understand what is and isn't permitted in your state. Similarly, FDA Controlled Substance Act classifications around the variety of products derived from cannabis and cannabinoids can be complex, with drug classifications ranging from Schedule I to Schedule V. To date, there is not enough data to make recommendations for the clinical use of topical cannabinoids.
Though our understanding is evolving, information is increasingly available as use becomes more and more common. Here are some resources that can help you gain perspective on the issue.