Talking to your
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.
Your doctor may be unfamiliar with medical cannabis and hesitant to recommend it, so bring Medical Studies to explain the science and support your experience. You may consider bringing them relevant forms and website links for your state. These links and resources are located in our Patient Registration Map.
A primary care physician with an understanding of your medical history is the best person to consult first about medical cannabis. However, we understand that not everyone has a regular doctor, and many physicians remain unfamiliar with the medical uses of cannabis or are afraid of getting in trouble. In addition, some patients are concerned with their current health insurance company finding out about their use of medical cannabis. For these and other reasons, many patients consult one of the many doctors with a specialty practice in medical cannabis. No matter what doctor you see, here are some pointers:
Finding a Doctor if You Don't Already Have One, or if Your Regular Doctor Will Not Issue a Recommendation
VerdePharmHealth has a number of healthcare providers and clinics available for consultations in states with medical cannabis laws. Please contact us by filling out the contact form
Before seeing a medical cannabis specialist, patients should already have medical records of diagnosis and treatment.