Interested in exploring plant-based alternatives but don’t know where to start? If you’re keen to learn more about a natural approach to healthcare, it’s worth discussing options with a doctor. Sometimes starting the conversation can be the hardest part. Here are some questions to kick off your consult. 

Are plant-based medicines right for my condition?  

Plant-based medicine isn’t a cure-all for every health need. Health professionals may recommend a particular plant-based oil, flower or other plant meds to treat your symptoms. Plant-based medicine can interact with other medications, so it’s important to talk to your doctor before exploring any alternative therapies. 

How much plant-based oil should I take?  

If plant-based oil is prescribed to you by a doctor for your condition, your doctor will advise a specific dosage and frequency of use based on a range of factors which may include your symptoms, individual body makeup and any other medication you may be taking. It’s important to follow your doctor’s advice regarding dosage as too much medication may cause adverse effects, while too little may not help. 

How can I tell if it’s working?  

Our endocannabinoid systems interact with cannabinoids found in some plant-based medicines, however, such medicines aren’t a click-your-fingers-and-you’ll-see-results approach. It may take weeks to notice the effects. If prescribed plant-based medcine, you can ask your doctor for a list of signs to be aware of that might indicate that the plant-based medicine is working.  

How do I take plant-based oil?  

If prescribed plant-based medicine, your doctor can guide you on the best way to take your medicine to treat your condition. It is possible to put plant-based oil straight into your mouth from the dropper or mix it into food or drinks. 

Can I combine plant-based medicine with conventional medication?  

If you’re taking other medication, it’s essential to check if it’s safe to combine it with plant-based oil or other plant-based medicines. Your doctor can advise whether it is safe to take plant-based medicine alongside other treatments.  

How long should I use plant-based oil?  

Plant-based oil can have health benefits when taken over a long period, but your doctor may decide to target a particular health issue with a short-term treatment. Check whether this is a long-term or short-term health care plan with your doctor.  

How can I access plant-based medicine?  

Sourcing unregulated plant-based medicine, e.g. from an unverified online source or from a farmer’s market, means you can’t be sure exactly what’s in it. Medical plants are grown in carefully monitored environments, and go through rigorous quality control and testing, so you can expect the same high quality every single time. 

Ready to learn more about plant-based meds? Book an online doctor consult to discuss your options. 

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