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How to Talk to Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis

A glass jar filled with cannabis leaves and pills.

Many people have a problem engaging their doctor about marijuana due to the negative perception by the public. While it is normal to feel embarrassed, it’s important to prioritize your health. Studies have shown that cannabis is effective in treating a wide range of mental disorders. The doctor’s feelings and opinions should not take precedence over your well-being.


It is not illegal to ask your doctor about medical cannabis.He/she cannot report you to the police and you will not be convicted for asking the same.

You should do research and even ask other physicians about medical cannabis if your doctor is not comfortable in prescribing it. Doctors make decisions depending on the evidence and it’s, therefore, significant to help them understand how you feel. Your doctor may change his/her mind if he/she notices that you are serious about the issue.

Honestly share your experience with your doctor. Tell him/her why you feel medical cannabis is the best option for you. Transparency will help your doctor in advising and prescribing it to you. Let the doctor know if you have used cannabis before and the impacts on you.

Remember to exercise patience since medical cannabis is still a new field. Doctors are still exploring this field and the rules of treating various conditions. Your physician may have questions and it’s, therefore, advisable that you continue being in touch with him/her.

If your doctor is still uncomfortable, you should be prepared to find another physician. Some doctors are not experienced in administering cannabis as a drug and may find it difficult to prescribe it. You should consult a doctor who understands medical cannabis. You can find experienced doctors online.

Focus on improving your health since you are the only one who can judge how you feel. It has been proven that cannabis can treat a lot of diseases. You have every right to decide which treatment is best for you.


Ensure that you ask plenty of questions when you finally decide to discuss medical marijuana with your doctor. Ask them about their stand on medical cannabis and if they have administered it before. If they have, ask them if it worked for the other patients. Ensure that you clear any uncertainty you may have and its effects on your condition.

The following are some of the questions that you should ask your physician.
• Is there a possibility of cannabis interacting with my other medications?
• Do you know any research about medical cannabis and my current condition?
• What is the best type of cannabis for my condition?
• What are the side effects of using cannabis?
• Have you administered medical cannabis to other patients?
• How should I use cannabis?
• Should I stop using my other medications?

Communication between patients and doctors is the key to effective health care. We should overcome the fear and misinformation about medical cannabis. We should embrace reason and science for us to enjoy the fruits of medical cannabis. You should comfortably discuss this matter with your doctor since there are a lot of patients who are undergoing medical marijuana treatments.”

Mac Jackman