Doctor-Patient Relationship


Many healthcare providers do not understand that it is perfectly legal to discuss cannabinoid therapeutics with their patients and to sign the recommendation forms that allow them protection to use cannabinoids in their State.  

Healthcare professionals lack a clear understanding of the laws and legislation that surround cannabinoids use for medical purposes, many are concerned to even discuss it, leaving patients in a very difficult, and stressful position. Most patients want to be open with their physicians about their use of cannabinoids and how it affects them without the fear of rejection or being removed all together from other prescriptions they might be prescribed.

Physicians who stay abreast on these new and growing technologies will be doing their patients a great service by taking a proactive approach on the new advancements in medicine with cannabinoid therapies and hemp products. Today there are many different forms of ingesting, such as juicing, topical rubs, infused food items, tinctures and oils. Patients use these for different purposes depending on the condition their treating. Physicians are more receptive when introduced to these old but forgotten ways of ingesting cannabinoids so always make sure to start there, as more evidence is required to convince them that smoking the flowers is not as bad for your health, as some reports may have them think.

With can·na·bis in the news every day, social media sharing stories about children being helped and Dr. Sanjay Guptas CNN special on epilepsy the topic should be as easy to start as talking apple pie. So the next time you visit your Doctor strike a conversation about something you have learned. If their open to discussing, talk with them more, if they’re not sure, offer valid facts, if their closed minded and unwilling to talk about it, you might want to find a Doctor that will.

Your doctor may be unfamiliar with cannabinoid treatment and hesitant to recommend it, make sure to bring supporting documentation to explain the science. My Compassion has written a series of educational brochures and publications for this very reason.  Many Doctors do not have any understanding of the new laws either, you may also consider bringing them relevant information and website links for your state. You can also provide your Doctor with a professional Physician Package from My Compassion, filled with all the information necessary to begin the conversation.

Your primary care physician who has a understanding of your medical history is the best person to consult with first. However, not everyone has a primary doctor, and many physicians still remain unfamiliar with its use. In addition, some patients are concerned with their current health insurance company finding out about their use of cannabinoids. For these and other reasons, many patients consult one of the many doctors with a specialty practice in this field. No matter what doctor you see, here are some pointers:

There are a number of specialty physicians and clinics available for consultations in states where laws have passed for medical use. Before seeing a specialist, patients should have their medical records of diagnosis if available or a physician referral. It generally costs $150 or more to see a Doctor who specializes in cannabinoids  and paying for a consultation does not guarantee you a recommendation.