How to Talk With Your Doctor About CBD Products
We’ve all been there in our doctor’s office getting our annual checkup. We’ve all wanted to ask our doctor about CBD products, but a little voice in our head says it’s a bad idea. In fact, our default decision is to not talk to anyone about CBD because it’s still “new.” At C Beyond Health, we understand what you’re going through.
It can be hard to express interest in trying something new. However, there’s nothing new about CBD; it has been used for thousands of years. It’s just now that in America it’s being scrutinized. In fact, hemp-derived CBD products have no more than 0.03 percent THC. This amount of THC is not psychoactive.
Beyond the chemistry of hemp-derived CBD, asking our doctors can be scary. We might assume that they are against CBD of any kind. What may surprise you is that although your doctor may not know a whole lot about CBD, there are hundreds of medical and scientific studies online that you can review for yourself. But how do you approach your doctor with this topic? You want to ask questions.
5 Ways to Talk with Your Doctor About CBD Products
Remember, you’re asking a medical professional their opinion about CBD. Your doctor is highly specialized in the medical field, but that does not make them specialized in CBD (They may know a lot about CBD). You’re not there to ruffle feathers or change people’s beliefs. You simply want to get a medical professional’s opinion on the topic. For example, you want to discover if CBD products are right for you to use — and your doctor may be able to help you make that decision.
#1. Remove Your Ego
You may know a whole lot about CBD, or you may know next to nothing about it. However, you want to remove your ego from the encounter. The best way to make anyone, not just your doctor, ignore you is to assume you know everything. Approach the conversation with humility and curiosity.
#2. Ask Good Questions
When you’re talking to your friend, you know when they’re spouting off their opinion, and you have a sense of when what they’re saying is actually derived from facts. Allow yourself to use this same sense to interact with your doctor. As mentioned above, your doctor is highly specialized in the medical field, not the cannabis industry. Yes, your doctor may understand how the body functions much better than you do, but understanding the function and knowing the results are two different things.
Here are some starter questions:
What do you think about CBD products?
Do you know of any good studies I can read on the effects and benefits of CBD?
Based on what you know about my health, would you recommend any type of CBD product?
#3. Keep an Open Mind
Your doctors are people too. They aren’t the mountain of textbooks they’ve read. They have personal and professional opinions. Ultimately, the decision to try CBD is up to you.
#4. Thank Your Doctor
Once the conversation finds a natural close, thank your doctor for their knowledge and time to discuss CBD. One of the best ways to remain professional with someone, even if you do not agree, is to thank them for the discussion. It’s an olive leaf that extends between two humans that goes beyond the conversation.
#5. Follow Up
The conversation with your doctor doesn’t have to be a one and done deal. You can have multiple conversations with them. In fact, go find studies that show how CBD can help you in your life, and bring those studies to them. Your doctors have a scientific mind, and they will be able to help you determine what may or may not work for you.