How To Discuss Medical Marijuana Use With A Doctor
As technology and healthcare across the world continue to advance, patients have more control and options than ever before when discussing treatment options for their medical conditions. Countless medical conditions sometimes leave patients feeling hopeless when traditional methods fail. Thankfully, as technology and healthcare options advanced, patients have more control and treatment options than ever before. Even though medical marijuana has shown to be a successful treatment option for alleviating symptoms associated with a variety of medical conditions, some patients are still nervous about discussing it with a physician.
Before bringing up the controversial topic with a doctor, we’ve outlined some key tips to make the conversation as productive as possible.
1.) Do Your Homework!
Be sure to do your research so you are knowledgeable about your specific medical condition. Make a list of the pros and cons of treating your condition with medical cannabis. Review testimonials from other patients who sought out medical marijuana to help treat their condition. If given the opportunity, have a discussion with others who have undergone the card recommendation process and ask them any questions related to getting approved, the appointment, and what documentation is needed. Jot down any books or documentaries about cannabis so you can discuss examples with your physician as well. Also, our patient support team is available to answer any questions you may have about qualifying conditions and the requirements for obtaining a recommendation for medical marijuana.
Going into the conversation prepared and having a general knowledge of the benefits, risks and laws for medical marijuana will help ensure your conversation with the physician runs smoothly.
2.) Have Questions
Despite the countless hours of Googling, no one knows you, your medical condition, and the potential benefits of medical cannabis as well as a doctor. Don’t be afraid to discuss anything related to your treatment, such as how cannabis may interact with your current prescribed medication and how to go about supplementing medical marijuana in place of some of the other medications you take. These questions will help you round out your discussion with a physician as you determine the best course of treatment.
Below are some examples of questions you may consider asking a physician. Be sure to modify these based on your specific condition, lifestyle and healthcare goals so you receive a more personalized response. For example, are you pregnant or planning to become pregnant? Do you have children or pets? What current medications are you taking? Other questions to consider:
· Are there any adverse health risks I should be aware of?
· Are there activities I should avoid while using medical marijuana?
· What is the cost associated with medical marijuana?
· What type of cannabis or CBD would be most effective for me?
3.) Remain Open, Honest, and Optimistic!
After you set an appointment, remember to be transparent. Understanding the subject from all angles will help you make an informed and safe decision for your overall health and wellness.
If you are a Virginia resident suffering from a medical condition, you may be eligible to treat your ailment with medical marijuana.
Click here to learn more about what Virginia Marijuana Card's state-certified medical marijuana doctors can do for you, or give us a call at (888) 633-5808 and our friendly support team can walk you through the entire process, and set you up with an appointment.