Should You Still Consult With Your Doctor After You Get A Medical Marijuana Card?

By Terry Hacienda, The Fresh Toast on

Published in Cannabis Daily

Budtenders are skilled, but they are not doctors, not by a long stretch. In many cases you may want to monitor your progress under the supervision of a doctor.

Combining medical marijuana with conventional therapy: There are many cases wherein ailments can be treated more effectively when conventional therapy and medical marijuana are used in conjunction. Those who know best will always be the medical professionals; this is critical in the case of potentially serious or terminal illnesses such as cancer where many patients have been successfully treated using chemotherapy together with medical cannabis but under medical supervision.

Working around the many types of cannabis products as well as the right dosage: There are so many different types of cannabis products out there in various forms and dosages. One may certainly work better for you than others, and your doctor can help you identify when it’s time to shift your treatment plan to another.

For example, if you suffer from chronic body pains and have been vaping cannabis for it, you may find that the effects don’t last for a very long time. If you consult with your doctor, they may be able to recommend cannabis edibles instead, or a stronger concentrate that you can take before bed to help you get some shut-eye. What If You Get Objections From Your Doctor? If you are only looking for a doctor to consult with after you have gotten your MMJ card, or have to switch doctors for any reason, be prepared to experience objections from doctors.

Not all doctors out there are supportive of cannabis use, nor are they knowledgeable about it. Some may be supportive initially but not know enough about it to discuss further, and they may recommend you to another colleague of theirs who does. While it’s wise not to assume that your doctor is well-versed in cannabis as medicine, you can find out by asking them if they have attended any recent education programs focusing on cannabis. If they answer no, then you can move on to another doctor.


Keep in mind that today’s doctors were not taught about how cannabis works in the human body. Even if they have attended programs or workshops, it will take time for them to get up to speed regarding dosing, strains, and products that their patients need. This is also why it’s important for you to do your own research as a patient. Conclusion Regular consultation with your doctor, even if you have your MMJ card, is essential for supervision and monitoring. When it comes to minor conditions that you can easily treat with cannabis, it’s fine to consult with a budtender. If you aren’t sure or the condition has a chance of worsening, be sure to consult with your physician regularly.

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