How to talk to your doctor about taking CBD

Thinking of taking CBD to help with a medical condition? Many people are taking CBD to help address a painful medical condition as well as for anxiety and sleep issues. The global cannabidiol market now is projected to grow from $3,675.1 million in 2021 to $55,791.3 million in 2028 at a CAGR of 47.49%.

But before starting a CBD regimen, it’s best to talk to your doctor, especially if you already are on medications for a particular physical or mental condition. However, you may find when you raise the subject that many doctors lack sufficient knowledge about CBD and so are reluctant to prescribe it.

In some cases, doctors may not have other patients taking CBD, so they don’t have the positive feedback that would make them advocates for it when it comes to certain health conditions.  Others many not fully understand CBD since confusion continues over CBD and THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana.

Then, too, you may find doctors have concern about the lack of clinical research on CBD for particular conditions, although many research studies have been conducted and new ones are underway.  And don’t overlook the fact that most doctors have a predisposition to prescription medications and so may lack confidence in the ability of natural products to treat medical and mental health conditions.

Discuss the ECS

While you may want to search out a doctor who is familiar with CBD and its benefits, you also may not want to make a change. This puts the responsibility on you to help your doctor understand the benefits of CBD and to work together on a treatment regimen.  For starters, doctors are not well-versed on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which was just discovered in the early 1990s. Any discussion about CBD means you, too, must be familiar with this vital molecular system that plays a very important role in body’s efforts to maintain stable functionality and operate optimally regardless of any changes in its environment. There is increasing evidence that the ECS helps to regulate stress, pain, immune system, inflammation and other functions of the body

The ECS is made up of three components: endocannabinoids; cannabinoid receptors, which act as neurotransmitters (neurotransmitters send and receive messages over small gaps between neurons, which are called synapses) and enzymes.  CBD stimulates the endocannabinoid system to produce more of its own cannabinoids, and it and slows their breakdown.

Do your Homework

Before your medical appointment, also do your homework about how CBD has been helpful in treating your particular condition. You can find research studies and forums where users talk about the positive effects of CBD in similar situations. Being prepared will send a signal to your doctor that your interest in adding CBD to your health regimen is serious. It also will prepare you to explain to your doctor why you think CBD will offer additional treatment benefits.

Also, before talking to your doctor understand the legal issues surrounding CBD in your area. At the federal level, legislation on industrial hemp and CBD has been passed, but states still have much control on what happens within their borders.

Work With Your Doctor on a CBD Regimen

Dosage will be particularly important if you are taking other medications for your condition. Even doctors new to CBD still may be able to provide CBD dosage recommendations. Doctors cannot prescribe but only recommend cannabinoids because there is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) or universal dose for all people.  The most common dose of CBD is 20 – 40 mg a day. Some people take much less (as low as 1 mg), others take much higher (up to 100 mg).

Get a second opinion

If your doctor isn’t willing to discuss CBD as a treatment option or as a supplement to current medications, you may want to consider getting a second opinion.  Your health is your responsibility. If you want to explore the benefits of CBD, you can find doctors to work with.