7 Signs It’s Time to Check in With Your Cannabis Doctor

Once you have your medical marijuana card, it’s easy to feel like you’re on your own.

Unfortunately, there is a trend among cannabis clinics of providing exceptional service until clients have their medical marijuana certifications, and then rushing them out the door. That’s not the case at CED Clinic.

Current cannabis cardholders — not just those hoping to become patients — are welcome to make telemedicine appointments at any time with their medical cannabis doctor. Our Massachusetts cannabis doctors are here to provide holistic, cannabis-centered care throughout the duration of your treatment.

These are just some of the reasons you might schedule a follow-up.

1. Your medical needs have changed.

Life is dynamic. Whether you obtained your medical cannabis card last week or two years ago, your overall wellness may have changed since. The following are some examples of updates you may want to communicate to your cannabis doctor:

  • New diagnosis
  • Upcoming medical procedures
  • Changing or worsening symptoms
  • Dramatically improved symptoms

Your cannabis doctor can answer questions, provide professional insight, and recommend any necessary adjustments to your medical marijuana prescription.

2. Your cannabis prescription isn’t working out the way you’d hoped.

Perhaps you’re not seeing the results you wanted from cannabis use. This could mean you’re not feeling relief from your symptoms or the effect is minimal. Perhaps cannabis use is helping, but with other undesired effects.

It’s important to remember that these issues occur with prescription medications, and you can consider a follow-up at our cannabis clinic the same way you would with your primary care provider.

The truth is, there are myriad reasons why cannabis might not be delivering the desired benefits: it could be related to your dosage, the products you’re using, the method of consumption, or even other aspects of your routine or treatment regimen.

By raising your concerns, you allow your canna-doctor to identify potential causes and make informed recommendations.

3. Your treatment used to work, and is now no longer effective.

Sometimes cannabis loses its effectiveness — even when you’ve been using the same strain from the same company for an extended period of time. Trust us, you’re not crazy.

There are several potential causes:

  • Lack of consistency in medical cannabis products (which is a well-known problem in the industry)
  • You’re building up a tolerance
  • Changes in your medications, routine, or diet

During your appointment, your cannabis doctor can shed some light on the issue, and offer suggestions on how to combat it.

4. There are updates to share with your cannabis doctor about your journey.

When you have a traditional check-up, it helps your PCP stay informed of your wellbeing, monitor your progress with various treatments, and learn of any changes in your health. Our goal is for you to think of your care at CED Clinic the same way.

Consider this: you want a medical professional to keep tabs on your overall well being, your prescriptions and whether they’re helping your symptoms; why wouldn’t you want the same as a medical marijuana patient?

5. You need a medical liaison to represent your cannabis treatment.

Whether you have a regular doctor’s appointment approaching, are seeing a new specialist or have an upcoming medical procedure, your cannabis use may be relevant information. These are all opportunities for your cannabis doctor to offer support.

Dr. Caplan can communicate directly with the providers involved, acting as a go-between or liaison for your medical needs.

Further, receiving updated medical details allows him to make recommendations for your cannabis care routine if necessary — for example, increasing your dosage after a procedure, or altering usage to prevent adverse reactions with new medications.

6. You’re curious about new developments in the medical cannabis industry.

Maybe you’ve heard about new cannabis products or formulations, or while conducting your own research, stumbled across new potential use cases, studies or data. As a result, you wonder, “How does this affect me, and what does it mean for my cannabis treatment? Should I alter my approach?”

Luckily, you’re in the right place for this conversation. Dr. Caplan is not only the founder of other cannabis businesses (such as EO Care, Inc, a new digital therapeutics company that is changing the future of cannabis care), but shares access to the CED Clinic Library, (which is the world’s largest digital library of free medical cannabis research).

By sharing free research with his medical cannabis patients, there are no barriers to learning cannabis health for all. You’re welcome to make an appointment to gain his professional insight and to discuss this research or other cannabis-related developments.

7. You want to learn how cannabis interacts with your medications, diet and more.

If you’ve been experiencing altered effects in your cannabis use, have you noticed they correlated with changes in your health and wellness routine? If so, you could be onto something. The way that cannabis affects your body — specifically, how cannabinoids interact with your endocannabinoid system — is directly connected with things like food, exercise habits, sleep patterns and much more.

If you’re seeking information about the potential interactions of cannabis and related effects (especially if you’re starting a new medication), Dr. Caplan would be happy to address this with you. Remember: cannabis knowledge is power over your own health.

Ready to schedule your appointment

Just visit our website and request an appointment online for a medical cannabis evaluation. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!

2 thoughts on “7 Signs It’s Time to Check in With Your Cannabis Doctor

  1. The exploration of cannabis in geriatric care provided by Dr. Caplan was both touching and informative. He not only discussed the potential benefits of cannabis for common age-related conditions but also addressed the unique challenges faced by older adults when considering cannabis as a treatment option. The article was filled with compassionate anecdotes, showing how cannabis has improved the lives of many elderly individuals, and backed by scientific evidence, it provided a nuanced view of cannabis in geriatric care. It’s a must-read for anyone considering cannabis for themselves or an elderly loved one.

  2. Reading Dr. Caplan’s extensive post on the role of cannabis in managing chronic pain has been a transformative experience for me. His detailed analysis of the interaction between cannabinoids and the pain receptors in our body, coupled with real-world case studies, provided a comprehensive understanding that I hadn’t found elsewhere. The post not only educated me about different types of pain that can be managed with cannabis but also guided me on how to approach treatment and communicate with healthcare providers effectively. This has led to a significant improvement in my quality of life.

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