Questions AboutMedical Cannabis for your Doctor
Do as much research as you can on medical cannabis as a treatment for your particular condition before you book an appointment with your doctor. If you can find evidence that medical cannabis has helped other people with your condition, print out the study or article and bring it with you. A scholarly journal or academic study will be your best evidence, but less formal sources like patient testimonials or blog posts can also be helpful.
Clearly identify the symptoms you feel can be better managed with medical cannabis. Make a list of the medicines and therapies you have already tried and mark which have, and which have not, worked. Medical cannabis is often prescribed when conventional medicine just isn’t enough.
Here are some questions that you can ask your doctor during your visit:
- Given my condition, could medical cannabis be a valid treatment for me?
- Is medical cannabis safe for me to use?
- Will taking medical cannabis affect my other medications?
- What are the side effects?
If you doctor is not comfortable prescribing medical cannabis, ask if he or she would be willing to refer you to a specialist or cannabinoid clinic.