How to talk to Your Doctor about cannabis
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that many people fail to disclose their cannabis use to their doctors. Some have tried in the past and received a negative response from their physician, while others are afraid of an uncomfortable or difficult discussion if they do. While it may feel uncomfortable, it’s important to talk to your doctor about cannabis if you are a regular consumer. In order to provide the best treatment, they need all the facts. This information could be lifesaving.
It’s not wrong or illegal to talk to your doctor about cannabis
Most doctors prefer direct and open communication with their patients. It makes their job easier. It’s unlikely that your doctor would shut down a discussion about cannabis, even if unfamiliar with its health benefits.
Changing attitudes in Medicine
Traditionally treated as an illicit substance not a helpful treatment, legally using cannabis for health and wellness is relatively new. It’s okay if your doctor needs some time to do their own research. They may be unaware of recent studies and other scientific findings that support cannabis as a therapeutic medicine.
The best place to start is with a physician that knows your medical history, like a primary care doctor. If you don’t have a regular doctor, bring along your medical records showing treatments you’ve tried. If you’re looking for a medical recommendation, simply ask for one in writing.
Frequent cannabis users require more ANESTHESIA than non-consumers
Talk to your doctor about cannabis, especially if you have procedures or surgeries planned. Share how much and how often you consume cannabis as well as what you’re using it for. There’s nothing to be uncomfortable or embarrassed about. Certainly not any more than disclosing other choices like enjoying wine or taking OTC pain relievers.
Cannabis fact: 56,000 people visit the emergency room annually for acetaminophen overdose. Just 4x a regular dose can result in death. There are 0 cannabis overdose fatalities in recorded history.
There are benefits to medical cannabis recommendations
If you want a written medical recommendation to take advantage of tax savings, shopping at medicinal-only dispensaries or other perks and your doctor refuses, don’t let that stop you. You can find cannabis-friendly doctors in most areas. Ask a local dispensary who provides recommendations for most of their patients or ask for a referral.
If you believe cannabis can improve your life or give relief from symptoms of a medical condition, you can find a doctor that supports you. Don’t give up!