The Rheumatology Pain, Education, Attitudes, and Cannabis Experience (PEACE) Study is a concerted effort by a team of experts including clinicians, FORWARD, and the Canna Research Foundation. Our long-term goal is to understand the overall effectiveness of cannabis in patients with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs).
The objective of this study is to evaluate the current use, experience, knowledge, and attitudes with cannabis among patients with RMDs and knowledge, attitudes, and practice among rheumatologists.
Legalization of cannabis use is rapidly increasing, as either a substitute for opioids or an adjunct treatment for chronic pain. Most patients with RMDs have chronic pain and reduced physical function, but epidemiological studies examining cannabis use in this population are lacking, leaving a gap in knowledge in patterns of use, effectiveness, tolerance, and overall safety. Furthermore, there are no recommendations on cannabis for rheumatologists to refer to, while patients are requesting information and may be self-medicating.
After this study creates a baseline understanding of the many facets of cannabis use, knowledge, and attitudes in rheumatology, we will be able to provide evidence-based recommendations to the rheumatology community and educational materials to rheumatologists and their patients on the guidance they seek but are currently lacking on cannabis.