When you’re struggling with chronic pain or illness, getting well can be much more complex than simply going to a doctor. Even the very best physicians may need to try a range of approaches and therapies before finding something that works for you.
If you’re wondering whether or not it’s time to ask your doctor about adding medical marijuana to your treatment plan, here are five reasons many decide to get more information.
- You’re still in pain.
One of the biggest reasons marijuana is legal in some countries and states is that it can be very effective for pain relief. If you’re using integrative therapies to manage your pain, but are still suffering, marijuana may be the missing link.
We often adjust our expectations to accommodate pain that won’t go away, but you should always speak up and be honest about how well something is, or isn’t, working for you.
- You’re worried about becoming addicted.
With opioid deaths on the rise, we are quickly learning that many fatal cases of addiction all began with a doctor’s prescription. This is understandably very disconcerting for those who absolutely need professional care in managing their pain.
If you or a loved one wants to avoid addictive prescription painkillers, refer a patient to a care provider that offers the best in therapies which serve as a non-addictive, non-fatal alternative to these.
- Other medical treatments have made you feel very unwell.
At some point in your treatment, you may need to take medications or undergo procedures which actually make you feel worse. This is often true with cancer, where chemotherapy may be selected as the most effective way to deal with your case.
It’s hard to recover when you’re nauseous, we ak, and a litany of other nasty side effects. Since the 1970s, marijuana has been studied as a natural and more cost-effective way to address lack of appetite from nausea and vomiting.
- You need relief from other bothersome conditions.
We associate medicinal marijuana use with chronic pain and cancer, but millions more use it for other medical conditions. For instance, many people struggling with anxiety and PTSD rely on the expertise of the people at their local marijuana dispensaries for relief.
The same is true for people who deal with tremors, such as those with Parkinson’s disease. It’s especially effective in those with disorders that cause seizures, an area in which marijuana is gaining major legislative traction as a highly successful treatment.
- You have a digestive disorder.
If you have IBS, Crohn’s, or another digestive disorder, you know how tricky it can be to find something that works. Elimination diets, medications, and more can all work well, or barely at all, depending on the person.
Recent studies indicate that cannabinoids found in marijuana can actually have a very beneficial impact on the gut bacteria, intestinal permeability, and immune response.
When you’re at a loss as to what to do to improve your health, it’s easy to assume that everyone but you knows what’s best. However, you are the most essential factor in your healing. Take the initiative to ask about medicinal marijuana, and whether or not it could be helpful in treating your condition.
The more you understand yourself, the more silence there is, the healthier you are. —Maxime Lagacé