The use of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes is no longer a far-fetched hope but a reality for multiple states in the US. However, even with the legalization of medical marijuana, states still have different provisions when it comes to the recreational use of marijuana. Oklahoma is one of the states that has legalized the medical use of marijuana but still has no provisions allowing its recreational consumption.
So if you’re ever found with marijuana without an MMJ card, you’ll definitely be in trouble.
Getting MMJ recommendations is actually quite simple, you can find pro-cannabis doctors at nearby clinics or even online and get your consultation. Only after the doctor confirms that you’ll benefit from the use of marijuana, can you officially apply for a state-approved medical marijuana card.
Going in for a consultation or sitting through one from your living room, you should be prepared to ask everything that’ll matter when getting a recommendation. And it’s always a good idea to jot down all you want to know, so nothing gets left out.
Here are some pointers about what you can and probably should ask your MMJ doctor. Just to be clear, you can ask anything you want, but these are some of our recommendations so you can get valuable information out of your consultation.
Does My Condition Qualify for an MMJ Recommendation?
This one’s pretty obvious, right? The whole idea of receiving an MMJ recommendation depends on whether you qualify for one or not. Depending on the state you live in, there might be some specific medical conditions that qualify you to get an MMJ recommendation.
But unlike other states, Oklahoma does not specify any MMJ qualifying ailments, making the whole process majorly dependent on what your physician recommends.
In other words, if your doctor thinks your condition and its severity require medical marijuana to alleviate the symptoms, they can recommend the same to you.
There are some common ailments that get MMJ recommendations:
How Should I Administer My Dosage?
There are a bunch of different ways to take your MMJ dosage, but not every method will be the most suitable for you. Rather than playing the guessing game about the type of product you should use, it’s always beneficial to ask your physician about their recommendation. Keeping your other medical conditions in mind, if you have any, the doctor can find the right method of administration for you.
For instance, as a patient of any respiratory dysfunction, your physician would recommend using edibles or tinctures and oils as opposed to vaping or smoking.
There are also plenty of products out there with varying concentrations of THC. Let your medical marijuana doctor decide what concentrates would suit you best.
Does It Have Any Side Effects?
While CBD products aren’t known to have any major side effects, our bodies can react to the same substance differently. And so, there are some textbook side effects that a physician can warn you against. These could be changes in appetite, nausea, sleepiness, etc. Higher doses of THC can also lead to a fast heartbeat, hallucinations, dizziness, or low blood pressure.
Will It Interfere With My Other Medications?
Mixing your marijuana intake with any other medication can be like entering murky waters. You never know what might happen. And you definitely don’t want any unwanted reactions to add to your already existing issues. It’s always better to be completely honest with your physician and let them know about every supplement or medication that you’re currently on, or if you’ve used or have been using any marijuana products.
Is It Addictive?
Marijuana is still considered a Schedule 1 drug by the FDA, majorly due to its concentrations of THC. Hemp-based CBD is legal because it has very low concentrations of THC. While CBD does not have any long-term habit-forming effects, THC can be another story altogether.
It is the psychoactive component of cannabis, leading to a ‘high’ euphoric experience and its consumption over long durations can lead to addictive behavior.
As long as your physician recommends a combination of CBD and THC in similar proportions, you should be fine. The withdrawal symptoms for such concentrations take up to two weeks and aren’t as bad as other drugs.
Can It Reduce My Medication Intake?
Medical marijuana can be used to substitute other medications that may not have proved to be effective or have too many side effects. Antidepressants, when consumed for longer periods or any pain relievers consumed to reduce chronic pain can lead to addictive behavior. It is then advisable to replace such medications with doses of medical marijuana. To ensure that you don’t form a dependency on the alternative recommended, the physician can suggest one with a lower THC concentration.
Recreational use of marijuana isn’t legal and so you must apply for a medical marijuana card if you wish to buy, possess and consume cannabis products. Medical marijuana doctors Oklahoma can give you online consultations and approve your applications and recommend MMJ use. During your consultations with the doctor, you should get answers to everything that you might think adds substantiality to your situation. This could include getting complete information about the possible side effects, sharing your own medical history, and asking for the most appropriate method of administering your marijuana doses.