There was a time when I knew so much about my doctor, it was as if we were visiting like friends, not in an official capacity. Not so, lately. The doctor-patient relationship has gone from personal to all business and many patients feel like their doctor isn’t really engaged in their care. Worse, with MMJ, many patients are confused but doctors are not doing any better. It gets deeper when the doctor isn’t much of a fan of cannabis. How do we cross the great divide to get back to the way we were before?
Much of the problem lies in the fact that MMJ is not legal at the federal level, so patients who seek care through MMJ oftentimes find physicians that cannot, or will not, prescribe MMJ or who feel ‘off’ approving patients for a MMJ card. CBD has been legalized through the 2018 Farm Bill, but for some, that is just not doing enough to address what ails them. Other patients with epilepsy have found that drugs like Epidiolex are not doing anything, so they need more. Let’s not even get started on the whole scary world of terpenes, THC percentages, CBD’s and cannabinoids. It’s daunting on a good day.
So, should you give up? NO!
What you can do is get educated on your own, and that seems to be the case for many things lately. You can educate your healthcare provider on how to best help you by gathering information from good sources. Use university findings, white papers from governments (even if they are not U.S. governments), medical groups like JAMA, NIH, CDC, FDA and state medical organizations. You will want to find papers that support your cause.
If your doctor is not working with you, you may find that your relationship has reached its conclusion. These things happen. But don’t despair, just ask people you respect to suggest a new doctor or visit the OMMA website to see what doctors are out there. You may find that local doctors have placed flyers in your local dispensaries. Ask your budtenders if they have heard anything good, bad, or unusual about the doctor in question. If you can, ask if there is a doctor the budtender recommends.
If you don’t like the doctor, that’s okay too. Keep trying. There are many doctors in Oklahoma that want to help you. We are going to keep an eye out to see who rises to the occasion in the coming months and we will keep you informed on who you need to see for specific health needs.
If you like the doctor, WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU. We want to know who you saw, what impressed you, and are you going back. You don’t have to tell us your personal information, but if we can help each other, that’s worth its weight in gold. Send your happy MMJ doc experiences to: XXXXXX@thecurrentbuzz.net.
Tips for seeing a new MMJ Doctor:
- Have as much data with you as you can gather. Have a list of medications, illnesses, previous doctors you’ve seen, medical tests and results if possible. If you can drop it of at the doctor’s office before your visit, you would be helping them out quite a bit.
- Be ready to discuss your goals for wellness with the doctor. Having a game plan and goals helps them help you.
- Be respectful of the doctor’s time. Be ready with specific questions you want answered.