What you need to know before talking to your practitioner.
When talking to your practitioner, consider the following points:
- Bring any available medical records you may have.
- Explain what you hope to gain from the use of medical cannabis.
- For example, do you want to restore appetite?
- Are you seeking to relieve pain, nausea, vomiting or other symptoms caused by your medical condition or the medications used to treat your medical condition?
- Let your practitioner know that you are aware of some of the side effects that may occur, such as: dry mouth, dry or red eyes, headache, dizziness, drowsiness, or anxiety.
- Be prepared to discuss with your practitioner the benefits of medical cannabis versus the risks.
- Use professional language, such as “medical cannabis.” Refrain from using slang terms such as “pot” or “weed.”
- Remind your practitioner that he/she is not writing a prescription, but instead giving a written certification.