First off, it should be noted that it is not always possible to get a medical marijuana prescription. Not all places have laws permitting the use of this drug, though there are studies supporting its use for a variety of medical conditions. A prescription does little good in a state or region where the medication can’t be purchased legally. In contrast, there are areas of the world where marijuana is not illegal and can be obtained without a prescription. Knowing the law of a particular region is the best way of finding out if this drug is available.
There are some synthetic drugs that contain some of the elements that marijuana contains. Medications like Marinol® are available by prescription from medical professionals in most places. It should be noted that some people find this medication effective, but others believe that medical marijuana is far more useful and likely to treat symptoms with greater ease.
In those areas where medical marijuana can be used, there may be different ways to obtain a prescription. Some people might be able to work directly through a family doctor, and others will need to see a medical professional who specializes in the prescription of the drug. Asking a family doctor is a good place to start, as she can usually recommend someone if she cannot prescribe the medication on her own. Another place to look is at a marijuana dispensary or “pot club.” They will normally be able to give names of medical professionals who may be able to evaluate you for a prescription.
In many regions, people can only get a medical marijuana prescription if they have certain medical conditions. Many of these fall under chronic pain or chronic health problems. For example, illnesses like cancer, AIDs, autoimmune diseases of other origins, eating disorders, and migraines are likely to be acceptable illnesses for which marijuana can be used. Each state or area may have a different list.
It’s fairly easy to get a prescription by knowing what the list is for a particular region. Healthcare providers that prescribe this medication may not always do full neurological tests to determine if a person has migraines or chronic back pain. This is greatly discouraged because illegal measures to obtain pot may taint the system for those who most could use this drug as medication.
Complaints about anyone acquiring it by telling a few lies could make it extremely difficult for the cancer patient who uses it to stop vomiting repeatedly, or the AIDS patient who has finally been able to put on weight and may thus have added a few years to his or her life. There have been movements back and forth on the law with greater or lesser support for the use of this drug. When it is misused, there tends to be a pull toward simply making it illegal again. While many believe that the present laws are to strong, abusing them by getting an unauthorized medical marijuana prescription is unfortunate, and might set the clock back instead of forward on this issue.