When physicians choose to prescribe most medications they do so based on the overall clinical picture of the patient. If a patient has diabetes, for example, they will be evaluated for an appropriate medication such as Metformin or Insulin. Not only that, a competent physician will discuss with them how to regulate their diet, increase exercise and get support with these changes. Medical marijuana, on the other hand, has become almost patient-choice.
A patient decides they need (or want) marijuana, and they can go to a clinic that advertises that they provide medical marijuana cards. The patient just needs to complain of a back ache, and low and behold — they get a card that gives them all the rights and privileges to that drug. There is no follow up visit to the physician to see how it is working, no referral for physical therapy or discussion around lifestyle.
Rarely does that doctor collaborate with the patient’s other providers to make sure they are getting the big picture. While medical marijuana certainly may have a place, for many people we can still see the addictive behavior that is also supported and normalized by a new, under-regulated system that opens the doors for players who are hungry for profits.
If you or someone you know needs help with marijuana addiction call AToN Center with your questions about 24 hour inpatient care.
Kirsten Helgager, Psy.D. – PSY27247
AToN Center 888-535-1516