As the use of cannabis medicines becomes more and more common in India and around the globe, it is understandable that many patients may still feel hesitant or apprehensive when it comes to discussing these treatment options with their doctor, family members and/or peers. For some this hesitation stems from a lack of information regarding access to cannabis medicine and how it works. For others it may be the presence of a lingering stigma associated with the recreational use of the cannabis plant. In either case, the best remedy to move beyond these hesitations is education on the subject and assistance in better understanding the process.
When considering cannabis medicine for the first time it is important to remember that it is indeed medicine, and as such should be approached in the same way any patient would approach a new medical treatment option. Through thoughtful discussion, consideration and assessment with a qualified medical professional. As with any other medical discussion with a doctor, patients can expect to receive the same level of professionalism, privacy. discretion, and quality care to which they are accustomed to receiving from their health care providers.
LEGAL ACCESS TO CANNABIS MEDICINE
Patients in India can currently obtain legal access to cannabis medicine treatment through a prescription issued by a doctor. This prescription is then fulfilled directly by the manufacturer of the prescribed cannabis medicine product(s).
FINDING A DOCTOR & BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT
Once you’ve identified a doctor who specializes in cannabis medicine, booking an appointment should be quick and easy. Typically, patients will be asked to complete an intake form briefly detailing their medical history in order to help in the assessment of their overall treatment needs.
Although the use of prescription cannabis medicine in India is not restricted to any specific conditions, there are some potential complicating factors that need to be considered before a patient can receive a prescription. Patients will be screened for possible contraindications and to identify those belonging to vulnerable patient groups. Medical practices that specialize in cannabinoid treatment will typically require new patients to answer a set of standardized eligibility questions as part of the general intake process.
An overall medical assessment is performed by a doctor to determine if cannabinoid treatment is appropriate for the patient’s specific symptoms and condition, based on potential benefits, risk factors, and available alternative treatment options. If cannabis medicine is deemed appropriate, the doctor will provide additional guidance and recommendations regarding dosage, effects, and treatment best practices.
PRODUCT FULFILLMENT & EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
If cannabis medicine has been deemed appropriate by the doctor, a prescription document will be created and provided directly to the patient and/or the manufacturer of the specified cannabis medicine product(s). At the point of purchase, patients are often given an opportunity to receive additional product specific details and educational assistance as needed.
FOLLOW-UP CONSULTATION & PRESCRIPTION RENEWAL
Following an initial course of treatment, if a patient has been successful in achieving improved symptom management, they will need to book a follow-up appointment with their doctor to discuss a repeat prescription and/or possible adjustments to their treatment plan. Alternatively, patients may be advised to discontinue medical cannabis treatment entirely if the level of symptom relief achieved is insufficient or does not outweigh experienced side effects.
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