Speaking with your doctor
A physician with an understanding of your medical history is the best person to consult first about medical cannabis. Your doctor should be aware of any therapies you may be considering for your treatment.
Your doctor may be unfamiliar with medical cannabis and hesitant to recommend it, as many are still unfamiliar with the existing research that supports the use of medical cannabis as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for a range of medical conditions and their symptoms. It is important to be your own advocate so bring documentation to explain the science and support your experience, as the best way to approach your physician is from a position of knowledge.
Doctors are accustomed to patients speaking to them about different treatment options and cannabis should be no different. Don’t be shy about speaking up; you deserve sound, neutral, professional medical advice when it comes to taking care of your health. Some physicians may have negative attitudes toward cannabis use, but if you explain how medical cannabis would benefit you as a treatment option, it will increase your chances of receiving their support.
Make a list of medicines and therapies you have tried for your symptoms, and identify which has worked and which has not worked. Clearly identify the symptoms you feel you can better manage with cannabis, describe your symptoms as accurately as possible.
- How does your condition affect you?
- What other conventional therapies have you tried?
- How have those conventional therapies failed?
- How are you planning on using cannabis? (Vaporization, smoking, edibles, etc.)
If you are currently using cannabis explain to your doctor the amount that you use, how often you use it and how you use it. Explain how cannabis affects you.
If necessary, bring a friend or family member to your appointment as moral support, to make it easier on you if you are too nervous to bring up the subject with your doctor.
If your physician is not able to assist you with your medical marijuana prescription you may choose to visit a physician who is a medical cannabis specialist. The Greenleaf Medical Clinic is happy to assist patients across Canada. To get started please apply now.
In addition to speaking with your doctor the Greenleaf Medical Clinic can assist patients and their physicians with a medical cannabis consultation. For further information please review here.