Medical cannabis can provide much-needed relief to people living with a host of conditions — and science backs this up. For example, a 2006 study published in the European Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology found that 86% of Hep C patients who were smoking marijuana successfully completed treatment, while only 29% of non-smokers did. Researchers said that this may be because it curbs side affects.
Sounds great, right? But you may be experiencing one key obstacle before heading to a marijuana dispensary:
You feel uncomfortable talking to your doctor about it.
Know that there is no reason to feel uncomfortable, then get the conversation started by asking the following questions. Then you can finally get a step closer to the symptom relief you deserve.
- Be Straight Up: The best way to get the conversation started is to tell your doctor that you are interested in medical marijuana. Even if you live somewhere with access to legal marijuana recreationally, getting a medical card can make it more affordable.
- Ask About Consumption Options: Next, ask your doctor whether they recommend edibles or smoking. Both of these will be easily accessible at your local marijuana dispensary. Your doctor may say that either is fine as well, leaving it completely up to your preference.
- Talk About What Relief To Expect: It’s important to begin consuming medical cannabis with clear expectations. Marijuana can help everything from anxiety to cancer, so results may vary. Your doctor may have an idea as to what extent marijuana will be helpful.
- Discuss Complications: Ask your medical professional whether consuming marijuana will interfere with any of your existing medications or if you should refrain from any activities during use. Their answer will vary depending on your specific circumstances, but be sure to take their word seriously.
Once you get the green light to start consuming medical marijuana, your local dispensaries are available to assist you further. The benefits of marijuana are numerous, and all it takes is a conversation to start using it as part of your medical treatment. Just remember that self medication is never the answer when you have a medical issue, so always go to your doctor first.