Discussing Medical Cannabis with the Doctor

Have your Medical Documents ready and clearly identify the symptoms you feel you can better manage with medical marijuana. Also make a list of medicines and therapies you have tried for these symptoms, and identify which have been effective and which have been ineffective. Explain how you are using cannabis (or want to use cannabis) to manage your symptoms, if you are presently medicating with cannabis take notes of how its helping you deal with your symptoms on a daily basis.

If you are concerned about your healthcare practitioner's reaction, remember that healthcare practitioners are there to work with you to help make the best decisions about your health. Bring someone with you for moral support if you are nervous and want to make sure you can bring up the subject of cannabis with your healthcare practitioner. You may want to review some medical studies by clicking the links below to find credible studies associated with your illness to reference for the physician. 

Research done by the National Cancer Institute
Studies by the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse

And by the CCIC Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids

The Quebec Cannabis Registry

The Journal of Pain ( Journal of the American Pain Society )

Medical Marijuana for Arthritis Pain 
( Disabled World )

Doctors for Responsible Access

Cannabis for Chronic Neuropathic Pain 
(CMAJ)

Marijuana treatment for Alzheimer's Disease 
(Science Daily)

EpLink: The Epilepsy Research Program of the Ontario Brain Institute

Efficacy and Safety of Epidiolex (Cannabidiol) in Children and Young Adults with Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy : Update from the Expanded Access Program
Cannabinoids remove plaque-forming Alzheimer's proteins from brain cells

Health Canada- Information for Health Care professionals
ACMPR Regulations - Full Document

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