In states where cannabis is legal, qualifying patients have the right to acquire and utilize cannabinoid therapeutics for medicinal purposes when his or her primary care physician is willing to provide a written recommendation that bears their signature and license number.
Many Doctors do not realize that it is legal to discuss cannabis with their patients and to sign the recommendation forms that allow them protection in approved states. Healthcare professionals lack a clear understanding of the laws and legislation that govern cannabis for medical purposes leaving their patients in a difficult, stressful position. Most patients want to be open with their Doctors about their use of cannabis without the fear of rejection or being removed all together from other prescriptions they might need.
Today there are many different options for ingesting other than smoking, such as juicing, topical ointments, infused food items, suppositories, tinctures and oils. Patients use these for different purposes depending on the condition their treating. Many cannabinoid products today contain high levels of CBD (cannabidiol) and lower amounts of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), therefore patients can gain relief without feeling high.
Whether you are in agreement or not with the emerging use of cannabinoid therapies, the fact is over 30 states allow cannabis for medical or personal use, patients are showing positive results from both CBD and THC, the DEA has expanded research and cannabis is showing great potential in reducing opioid use. Physicians who stay abreast on the new and growing technologies of cannabis will be doing their patients a great service by taking a proactive approach on these new advancements in medicine.