Talking To Your Doctor About Medical Marijuana

If you are considering using medical cannabis, it’s important to first consult a healthcare practitioner who has a good understanding of your medical history. Remember: your doctor should ALWAYS be aware of any treatment options you are considering. 

Broaching the subject of medical cannabis can be intimidating. Whether you are a patient yourself or are inquiring as a caregiver for someone else, bringing it up in the room may seem a little tricky. 

Many people forego telling their doctors about cannabis treatment out of anxiety or caution, and while this is natural, here are four tips to make the conversation easier: 


1. Be Open & Honest

When talking to your doctor about medical cannabis, it’s important to be open and honest about why you want to use it, what you hope to achieve, and why you think it might help.


2. Share as Much Information as You Can 

The more detailed you are in describing your experience, the better your doctor can treat you. If you are inquiring about medical marijuana, it may be beneficial to share what symptoms you are having trouble with and why you believe cannabis can help.

If you are already prescribed medical cannabis and are working with a doctor to ensure you have the best treatment plan, consider sharing with them

3. Ask your doctor questions

In order for your doctor to give you the right counselling advice for medical marijuana, it’s important to ask as many questions as you can. The more informed you are, the closer you’ll be to finding a treatment plan that works for you. 

Here are some questions to consider


4. Think about a second opinion 

Doctors are more open to medical cannabis than ever before. Still, it’s not uncommon for some to shrug off marijuana as a recreational pastime. 

If you and your healthcare professional adamantly disagree about this treatment option, it might be time to get a second opinion.  If your physician is unable to help you with your medical marijuana prescription, you can visit a medical cannabis specialist.

Need a second opinion? We can help! 

If you are looking for a healthcare professional who can advise you on the best medical marijuana treatment for you, we are happy to assist our patients across Canada. (Read More >)

Be Your Own Health Advocate

When talking to your doctor about medical cannabis, don’t be shy about speaking up! You deserve the most comprehensive and professional medical advice when it comes to taking care of your health. 

While some doctors might have negative attitudes towards cannabis use, take the time to explain how you believe it will benefit you as a treatment option. This will increase the chances you have of receiving their support. 

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To find out more about how we can help you get a medical marijuana prescription, or for further counselling on how to talk to your physician about your treatment plan, call us at 403-978-5743 or fill in our online contact form. We’d love to hear from you! 

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