If you are like most people, you have no idea how to talk to your doctor about cannabis.
In this article we will suggest three ways to help start the conversation.
Number one. Ask yourself what you’d like to achieve by using cannabis. Write down what your health needs are and their treatment. Do this for each medical problem.
Second, educate yourself on cannabis. Visit informational websites like United Patients Group and learn the basics. Types of plants, their actions, major cannabinoids like CBD, THC and the largest system in our body, the Human Endocannabinoid System is a great start. If you are ambitious, read more! Information is power.
Third, in order to have a conversation with your doctor, ask him/her what their opinion of cannabis is. Don’t be afraid to ask, it is not illegal to ask, nor is it illegal for the doctor to discuss cannabis.
It’s important to note, while doctors in legal states may have no objections to cannabis use, they may opt not to write recommendations for patients. In some states this requires special education. If they are a recommending physician, ask them to write one for you. If not, many states have a list of recommending doctors and companies who provide this document which allows the medical purchase of cannabis.
These three important steps will help you discuss cannabis and perhaps give you access to this amazing plant. Keep your primary care doctor “in the know” about your cannabis use and how it is helping you. Keep a journal as you may also be educating him or her! Additionally, cannabis can create a need for adjustments or changes in medication. The doctor or NP who is writing for your cannabis should be in touch with your primary doctor to discuss the effects cannabis may have on you, your medications and your health.
If your doctor doesn’t agree with your use of cannabis, ask them why. It may become a teachable moment or you may need to find a new primary physician.
In conclusion, this should be the beginning of a pathway to successful cannabis use! When discussing cannabis with your doctor, remember, not all doctors understand or know much, if anything, about the Human Endocannabinoid System and cannabis. Always be kind, and respectful.
It’s your health!