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Talking to your doctor about medical cannabis

Be forthright. There is nothing wrong or illegal about discussing medical cannabis with your doctor. Federal courts have ruled that the First Amendment protects doctors in discussing medical cannabis and recommending it to their patients. Doctors are accustomed to patients bringing ideas to them about treatment options and preferences, and cannabis therapeutics should be no different.v

Your doctor may be unfamiliar with medical cannabis and hesitant to recommend it, so bring documentation to explain the science and support your experience. If you don’t have a regular doctor, or your doctor is hesitant to recommend medical cannabis, you may also seek a medical provider who understands its use.

Be prepared to tell your doctor specifically what condition or symptoms you treat with cannabis therapeutics. If you have medical records related to the condition or symptoms, bring them. Honestly describe how long you’ve had the problem, when you began treating with cannabis, the amount of cannabis you use, how often, and by what delivery method.