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Why Should You Tell Your Doctor if You’re Using Medical Marijuana?

Making your doctor aware that you’re using medical marijuana is not only a courtesy, but a potentially life-saving act. Marijuana interferes with the metabolism of many drugs, including some chemotherapies, and can affect how effective these drugs are.

What are the benefits of telling your doctor if you’re taking medical marijuana?

Your doctor can more accurately make a plan of treatment that is specific to you

Your doctor can assess whether medical marijuana is safe to take with other prescriptions you may be taking

It’s a two way street – tell your doctor for full transparency

Although the medical use of cannabis (the plant) is legal in several states and the District of Columbia, it is still against federal law for doctors to prescribe it. That means, legally speaking, your doctor cannot write you a prescription for cannabis. Instead, your doctor can write an endorsement, attestation or certification of the possible efficacy of medical marijuana in treating your particular condition (Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research, Volume 1.1 2016 pg. 42).

However, not all physicians will be comfortable with signing a certificate. In many states, there are certain physicians available to review your individual case for a medical marijuana card. To apply for a card, the attestation of a doctor is required. Each state will charge a different fee for the card. Information on legal limits and state requirements can be found here. (Be sure to scroll down the page for full information.)

We also need to discuss some doctors’ “don’t ask, don’t tell” attitude toward medical marijuana. With medical options approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) being available, and nearly half of all states legalizing medical marijuana, this doesn’t help patients navigate their integrated or complementary medicine options with confidence. It is best to have a provider who is comfortable and informed, because there may be an interaction with other treatment options you are pursuing.

The impact of medical marijuana on your treatment

Regardless of whether or not marijuana is legal in your state, it is important to tell your doctor if and how you use marijuana, either recreationally or medically, and the frequency of your use. As we mentioned before, marijuana interferes with the metabolism of many drugs, including chemotherapeutic agents and herbal supplements. Marijuana is metabolized in the liver as are many chemotherapy agents.

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Should you take medical marijuana instead of or along with conventional therapy?

If you are using cannabis in place of conventional therapy, you should definitely notify your doctor. As of now, there is no evidence to suggest it should be used as a treatment in and of itself. There is only a small window when treatment is most effective, so the time spent attempting to use cannabis as a “cure” may result in the cancer progressing to a stage where it is more difficult to treat.

It is important to note that many people who currently claim they’ve been cured by cannabis or hashish oil have been on standard therapy at the same time (Lancet Oncology, Volume 16, October 2015). Dr. Donald Abrams at the University of California San Francisco said, “What really upsets me the most, though, is when I see a patient with a potentially curable malignancy who is using cannabis oil instead of conventional therapy. In some situations, the window of opportunity for a potential cure may close when their cancer progresses on cannabis alone.”

So, let your doctor know if you’re taking medical marijuana so that he or she can best take care of you.

If you or someone you love is considering medical marijuana, do your research, look at the references we provide, talk with others, and speak with your doctor. To get an in-depth understanding or answers to other questions about medical marijuana, watch the What You Need to Know About Medical Marijuana & CRC webinar.

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Doctor: People Should Consult Their Physician Before Using CBD

A Mayo Clinic doctor says it’s important that patients have a discussion with their physician before consuming cannabidiol, or CBD, products.

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“I think we have more questions than answers at this point, simply because we’re constrained to evaluate a product not based on anecdotes but on the good clinical research,” said Dr. Brent Bauer, director of the Mayo Clinic Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program in Rochester, Minnesota.

“Most of us from a medical side would like to see our patients bring those questions to us first so they don’t get themselves into trouble,” he said. “We do know that CBD products can interfere with other medications, and with higher doses we are seeing a number of reports of liver irritation or liver damage.”

” It’s not to say that CBD doesn’t hold great promise,” he continued, “but there needs to be a little cautionary tap on the brakes before everybody just tries it willy-nilly , because I think we are seeing a few patients get in trouble with that kind of approach.”

Since the 2018 Farm Bill made CBD legal under federal law, many Wisconsin retailers have started selling CBD products. There has also been a rise the number of CBD-only stores. But the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is still deciding how to regulate CBD products.

“You’re seeing a lot of people use it for all kinds of stuff, especially anxiety, pain, depression, inflammation,” said Tim Murphy, the owner of Kickapoo Kind, a CBD shop in Viroqua .

Murphy said he’s known of the potential medical benefits of cannabis and CBD for years, but it’s a family story that convinced him of the benefits.

“I started treating my dad for Parkinson’s disease with CBD about seven years ago,” he said. “There was just nothing that was helping him. I started buying it at that point and started giving it to him and it really was doing a lot of good.”

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Murphy has already moved to a bigger retail space to accommodate his customers.

“I have people that come from all over,” he said. “They find out about our shop and they’re like, ‘I want to purchase CBD from this guy, or I like the products that they’re selling, or they have a better price than everybody else.'”

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Bauer said while CBD is promising, there isn’t much medical proof of its effectiveness.

“There’s a number of trials that have recently started all asking different questions about CBD. In addition to pain, anxiety, sleep, there is a lot of interest o n whether it could have a role in helping to deal with the opioid epidemic, either as a way to help people get off opioids or maybe as a replacement for opioids in the first place,” he said. ” Unfortunately, research takes time. I think the medical community is looking at this with cautious interest , still wanting to make sure people don’t forget anything strong enough to help you can also hurt y ou.”

In June 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex , the first CBD drug prescribed to treat epilepsy in children.

“We have a drug form of CBD and we have some information from that, that at least touches on some of the concerns about side effects that I think probably are getting a little bit left out of the discussion as people are kind of trying things on their own ,” Bauer said.

Even though he would like to see CBD products go through more stringent medical trials, Bauer said at this point CBD might be better classified as a dietary supplement than a drug.

” I like the idea of our populace having access to those things that don’t have to go through the rigorous process of becoming a drug, with all the associated costs and regulations, so I’m very much in favor of having access to these things, but what I need though as a physician is to make sure I have all the information I need so patients can make informed decisions,” he said. “And that just means that we really need larger trials (with) hundreds if not thousands of patients.”

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