The last 20 years have seen rapid change and improvement in the way American society views marijuana use – the same plant that once incited “reefer madness” is now recognized as a legitimate medical treatment in 33 states. However, most people are still terrified to talk to a medical provider about using cannabis-based products.
Here are a few tips for you to use when talking to your doctor about medical marijuana as a treatment.
- Be serious.
For many medical marijuana patients, their conditions and treatments are no laughing matter. Talk to your doctor about cannabis the same way you would talk about any medication. Don’t use your state’s medical marijuana laws as an excuse to catch a legal high – you can travel to any of the ten states that allow recreational use for that.
If you treat the situation as a joke, your doctor may not take you seriously. Even if you aren’t ready to discuss treatment that could make you giggly or euphoric, using CBD oil for pain or other symptoms is a great place to start discussing medical marijuana as a treatment for your condition .
- Be honest about past use.
This is a huge hurdle for a lot of people – openly admitting their past (or current) marijuana use. It’s incredibly important to be honest, however, because your history with cannabis determines your tolerance.
If you have minimal experience with it, you’ll want to start with a low-THC product and work your way up to the dosage that best fits your needs. If you’re an experienced marijuana user (whether for medical or recreational purposes), you’ll probably need a product with a higher THC ratio to really feel the therapeutic benefits. Your doctor will know what treatment to recommend, but only if you’re able to have an open and honest discussion with them.
- Do your research.
There are hundreds of studies and thousands of articles about medical cannabis out there in the wild world wide web. Take the time to research your specific condition or symptoms and how cannabis-based treatments could benefit you. The more informed you are, the better you’ll be able to communicate your needs and concerns to your doctor. Cannabis oil and cannabis treatment options come in a variety of formats that they may not be aware of without a little help.
- Don’t be afraid to seek a second opinion.
Research shows that many doctors were never trained to recommend medical marijuana or cannabis oil when they were in medical school. If your doctor shows strong opposition to medicinal marijuana as a treatment, consider finding a doctor that supports your desire to live a healthier and more natural lifestyle.
- Ask questions.
Ask questions, ask questions, ask questions! Medical marijuana can be confusing and intimidating, especially for the inexperienced user. Take some time to compile a list before your appointment so you can be sure you’ve covered everything. You need to understand how cannabis will affect your body and mind, and your doctor should be well-informed enough to answer all of your questions – but you have to ask them first.
Cannabis-based treatments help millions of people every day. We encourage you to explore all of your options, learn as much as you can, and most importantly, have an open discussion with your medical provider. The path to wellness is right in front of you – you just have to take the first steps!