18 Apr Asking Your Doctor about CBD
CBD is becoming a hot topic. A conversation involving doctors and CBD can still be tricky since the legality of CBD varies from state to state. Yes, the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, but the FDA is lagging with regulations and standards for CBD products. Three states still specifically outlaw CBD and it’s hazy in several others. Some doctors are just not comfortable talking about CBD yet, but we’ve got a few tips to help you get the conversation started.
Doctors and CBD
Doctors and CBD are becoming friends as more medical professionals are showing support for the cannabinoid. Physicians are voicing public support – including celebrity physicians. Doctors are showing more interest in CBD studies for specific medical conditions. They want scientific data that shows that CBD is an effective, safe option.
More information is becoming available in studies conducted elsewhere in the world, such as Israel, where there are fewer restrictions. Clinical trials are slowly gaining approval to show the efficacy of CBD. As more data becomes available, doctors are seeing that CBD may support a myriad of ailments.
Put Your Health First
You are always the most important factor in the equation of your health. When talking to doctors and CBD comes up, a few simple questions will help you determine their comfort level in having the conversation. The fact of the matter is some doctors just don’t know enough about CBD to have an appropriate conversation.
Your doctor is in one of three categories:
- Completely supportive of CBD
- Is against it
- Supports it to a degree simply due to lack of personal education
Some doctors still believe that pharmaceuticals are king and that natural remedies are less than ideal. Truth be told, pharmaceuticals don’t work for everyone – and for some, leaves them requiring more medications to combat the side effects of another. It’s a downward spiral that some people end up becoming more ill rather than better.
You need to know what works for your body. Are you responding well to your current treatment? Are you experiencing side effects? Do you fear addiction with one of your medications? These are all questions that are important for you to ask yourself when having a conversation with your doctors and CBD is your intended suggestion.
Another thing that gets in the way of doctors and CBD support is legality. In states that have no legal medical cannabis program or no legal CBD oil program, a doctor may support your choice of alternative medicine but may be inhibited by the law.
Is it really legality or is it your doctor’s personal opinion or stance on cannabis that sways their comments? This is another question that needs to be answered. Don’t be afraid to come out and ask your doctor directly, “What is your personal stance on medical cannabis and CBD?”
Their answer will help you understand exactly what side of the fence they’re really on.
Doctors should have your individual health and needs in mind when caring for you.
Some doctors may be afraid to even have a discussion about CBD for fear of losing their license. If medical cannabis is legal in your state, your doctor should be able to have a conversation about CBD with you.
Even in states where medical cannabis and/or CBD are legal, not all doctors can recommend/prescribe it. Some states require doctors to take a special course that educates them about medical cannabis and CBD before they are permitted to write recommendations for the state program. If you talk to your doctors and CBD is not an option with them due to this issue, this will be another instance where seeking a referral may be appropriate.
What to do when Doctors Don’t Support CBD
What happens if you have conversations with your doctors and CBD is just a no-go? The first thing to do is find out why. The next step is asking for a referral for another opinion. Not only does this tell your doctor that you are putting yourself first, but that you aren’t happy with your current treatment plan and want change.
There is absolutely no harm in asking for a referral or seeking an independent second opinion. It is your health. It is your life. It is your body.
Yes, you need to listen to your doctor’s advice, but they should also be listening to you and what your individual needs are.
It is important to have a doctor that is on the same page as you when it comes to your healthcare.
Questions to Ask your Doctor
If your doctor is open to a discussion about CBD, asking a few questions is a good idea. Write them down to ensure that you don’t miss anything. With some doctors and CBD, it’s just a foreign language to them because they just don’t personally know enough about it.
Ask these questions:
- What delivery method is best for me?
- How do I know if the suggested dose is enough for me?
- Have any studies been conducted on CBD and my condition?
- What is your comfort level with CBD?
- When should I increase my daily intake of CBD?
- What deficiencies does my body have that could be supported by CBD?
Some of these questions may perplex your doctor, and that’s okay. Questions that challenge your doctor shows that you’ve done your homework and only have your health in mind.
The Future for Doctors and CBD
In the near future, combining doctors and CBD in the same sentence won’t be shocking or awkward. It’ll be commonplace conversation. The industry is set to grow more than 700% to reach a value of $22 billion by 2022. That’s pretty impressive. By then, more doctors will be educated about CBD. Currently, there is simply a lack of education as few medical universities discuss CBD in their curriculum.
While more universities are now including cannabis courses, there are still only a handful that dedicate curriculum to CBD.
Don’t be afraid to have a conversation about CBD with your doctor. Sure, it might be a little uncomfortable at first, but at least you’ll know where your doctor stands on the subject. You may be pleasantly surprised to learn that your doctor supports the non-intoxicating cannabinoid and may even support your personal use of it. You’ll never know where your doctor stands if you don’t start the conversation.