Tips for Talking to Your Doctor About Cannabis or CBD
Therapeutic marijuana in Spain, as in many other countries, is punishable by law. That’s why talking to your cannabis doctor is not always easy. In fact, when people plan to talk to their doctor about medical cannabis, they always feel nervous.
The reality is that it doesn’t have to be a frustrating journey to get a new prescription to help you with your medical condition and your overall quality of life. That’s why, in this article, we want to give you some tips on how to approach the subject of cannabis with “the doctor marijuana”.
How to talk to your doctor about cannabis or CBD?
For those living with a chronic medical condition, getting through the day can be difficult enough. The prospect of asking your doctor for a new therapy or procedure should make you feel relieved or hopeful, not stressed. Although medical marijuana is proving to be a lifesaver for some patients, many doctors have a misconception about medical cannabis.
Here are some basic tips to help you start a conversation based on facts, not fear. If you have decided to meet with your doctor to discuss cannabis, you need to be sure that you are making the best possible decision.
Key issues when talking to your doctor about CBD
- Medical marijuana is a recognized therapeutic treatment option. Remember, you are asking the doctor about something that has been approved by a medical body and is legal. (If you are in a country where it is legal of course).
- It’s about helping others. There is a lot of anecdotal data from patients, regardless of whether people think there is not enough research. And, despite the fact that cannabis has been consumed for thousands of years, no deaths have been linked to it.
- Moreover, cannabis is not a “foreign” substance. Medical cannabis is used by lawyers, paramedics, athletes and even doctors themselves. People take a variety of medications every day and they can always work.
We recommend talking to your doctor about cannabis, once you have acquired a basic understanding of medical marijuana.
Prepare your arguments about cannabis or CBD
Getting a prescription for medical cannabis from a doctor can take a long time. While it’s not foolproof, planning your medical cannabis conversation with your doctor will make it much simpler.
Here are the three topics you should be prepared to discuss with your doctor:
- Your medical history, and treatment failures
- Your doctor’s objections
- How can your doctor learn all about marijuana?
Your doctor may try to stop the conversation when he or she hears the word cannabis or CBD. But even if your initial reaction isn’t positive, there’s nothing wrong with pushing
Starting the discussion
The most difficult part of the discussion may be starting the conversation because the doctor’s initial response will likely define the direction of the topic. There are several ways to start the conversation. You could mention a recent news story related to cannabis. Even mention a friend who is also patient. You may have also read about medical marijuana and your personal condition.
Starting with a statement and then asking a question is a good way to go. For example:
“I read an article on the internet about medical cannabis. Specifically CBD, and its benefits in the treatment of chronic pain How do you feel about cannabis-based medicine?”
This will allow you to determine how your doctor feels about cannabis and what your next steps should be. You’ll probably have a calm conversation if your doctor expresses interest or has already prescribed it. If the doctor objects, all your preparation will be in vain.
Keep in mind that medical cannabis is still a relatively new concept in many countries, so your doctor may be reluctant to talk about it, or even uncomfortable with the subject.
Tips for talking to your doctor about medical cannabis
Here are some more suggestions for continuing the discussion about cannabis with your doctor. Show that you have done your homework and are serious about your medication. However, be sure to use the key questions as best you can.
Remember that doctors are used to being in charge and leading conversations. Key questions can be made up of statements that are formulated as questions.
That is to say:
- Did you know that…?
- Have you seen ….?
- What do you think of this statement…?
You should tell your doctor if you are still using cannabis and would like them to help you use it more safely. Also let him know about your decision, but make it clear that you would like him and his knowledge to be part of the whole process.
It is also a good idea to use analogies. You may be able to
comparing cannabis to opioids
or other prescription drugs, depending on what they suggest.
If you’ve made it this far, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed by the amount of planning required to discuss medical cannabis and its benefits with your doctor. You should not feel bad, as many people experience the same feeling.
The good news is that there is always another option if your doctor is not interested in helping you with medical marijuana. In these cases we suggest you seek treatment from a local independent GP, or you can even visit a clinic. Plus, all your preparation for talking to the GP won’t be in vain, as the next doctor you see will realise that you know what you’re talking about.
While the whole process may seem overwhelming at first, it is ultimately worth it. If you get the green light to use cannabis as a therapeutic treatment and it proves beneficial, you won’t regret your efforts.
Not only that, if you can persuade your doctor to give you a prescription for the first time, we’re pretty sure you’ll be helping hundreds of other patients over the next few years as cannabis grows in popularity.
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