Are doctors doing their due diligence when it comes to medical cannabis?
As a medicinal user of cannabis, I had to drive 5 ½ hours to get a doctor to prescribe it because my doctor and the out of town pain specialist refused. Now that it is legal, people are still being ignored and denied by their doctors, especially older clients who want to learn more about the benefits of the herb in hopes of decreasing their toxic medications that are making them dizzy and sick.
It’s infuriating when I walk in to my doctor’s office and say that I’m depressed, the first thing out his mouth is….”you need to go on an anti-depressant.” No history, no blood pressure, no blood work, no assessment. No, I don’t “need” an anti-depressant.
I just needed someone to let me talk for 5 minutes and maybe just give me that shoulder to cry on, which would have been beneficial in my time of need rather than another pharma drug. I can have any narcotic I want but have always resisted as I never felt the benefits would outweigh the risk of addiction and overdose, especially with my pain issues. When I ask him about medical cannabis, he will have nothing to do with it.
I met several seniors recently who had many questions regarding the benefits of cannabis, especially in dealing with their pain issues. Their doctors are also ignoring their questions especially those that are tied to long term care/senior facilities. The benefits of using cannabis have been documented for years despite the propaganda from the health unit that says otherwise. If only other drugs were scrutinized as much.
The seniors I spoke with are concerned and worried that their doctor will abandon them as their doctors are very clear on medical cannabis which is a big “NO.”
Doctors refusing to get educated on how a simple plant benefits many ailments without causing the list of side effects known by pharma drugs is an absolute shame. Their arrogance truly does shine! But have a representative from a pharma company come and promote a toxic drug…it is prescribed the next day without question. Nurses use the term “drug of the day” to describe the ongoing new drugs that are blindly promoted by doctors but when asked about cannabis…propagated regurgitated brainwashing is what comes from them. I personally don’t trust doctors that won’t evolve!
What are seniors to do when the house doctor won’t support their need? I suggested that companies that will link them with doctors who will assist them. There’s one here in Cornwall, but tragically they boycott this newspaper which actually has a column that focuses on Marijuana via this column.
Seniors be aware that you do have rights:
The right to be advised of available options
The right to be involved in treatment decisions
The freedom of choice
The right to make complaints, raise concerns, and recommend changes without fear of interference, coercion, discrimination or reprisal.
I also suggest getting your family involved to advocate on your behalf. If you do not agree with what the doctor prescribes, challenge them! If you are not happy with them, go to a clinic. Doctors need to be more understanding to the needs of their patients as “#doctorsaredickheads” have clearly shown.
Are doctors doing their due diligence when it comes to medical cannabis? By doctors avoiding it, I say no!
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Wendy the Weed Witch is a hot rocking chick with over 25 years of work in the medical field. After struggling with debilitating chronic pain she started to explore medicinal marijuana and the benefits in dealing with her issues.
Her hobbies include music and travel. She’s started this column to share and exchange ideas with other people looking for more from Marijuana than cool waves and a warm buzz.