If you are dealing with an illness, ailment or chronic pain and feel that you cannot manage the symptoms in the way you would like, you have perhaps though about the idea of using medical marijuana to help you. Medical marijuana is a little bit of a difficult topic for some people simply because it has been considered a “drug” for so long. What is interesting about that argument is that you could call any medical substance a drug, yet it does not carry the same weight. Medical painkillers are drugs as are many other substances doctors use regularly. Medical cannabis, on the other hand, is a plant. In comparison to manufactured drugs and pills, marijuana is safe and non-toxic and by many standards, much less habit forming than some of the other examples given.
If these facts have peaked your interest, you might be ready to talk to your doctor about incorporating medical marijuana into your self care regimen. Here are a few things to remember.
- Make sure your state legally offers medical marijuana. If it does not, you may need to find a doctor in another state. If your illness is bad enough, you may even consider moving to a state where it is legal in order to make sure you have access.
- Understand that after asking your doctor about medical marijuana, the general practice is that there is a 90 day waiting period to build a relationship with a doctor who can prescribe medical marijuana so they can get to know you and more about your illness and symptoms before prescribing anything.
- Do your research. If you are a little apprehensive about all the different strains and dosages and side effects, use the 90 day waiting period to do a little research on your own. Of course your doctor will be able to help you with all of this, but sometimes it can be good for your own peace of mind to gain a little knowledge on your own time.
- Decide what your goal is. There are many items on the market including CBD oil, which has some of the same pain management properties but without the high levels of THC that gets the user “high”. If it is the high that worries you or makes you hesitant to give medical cannabis a try for your pain management, CBD oil may be a good choice for you.
Medical marijuana is rapidly growing in popularity as way to manage pain and help patients feel more normal so they can go about their daily lives comfortably. For many people who suffer from chronic pain or aggravating symptoms, this is the ultimate goal. If you are dealing with symptoms that are affecting your quality of life and you cannot seem to find a way to manage the pain or discomfort, consider talking to your doctor about medical marijuana to decide if it is the right path for you. For many who have taken the leap, they have stated that it is one of the best health decisions they have made.