Evaluating a Medical Marijuana Treatment Plan


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When you receive your treatment plan from the doctor, make sure that your treatment plan:

  1. Takes into account your daily schedule, such as working a job, needing to drive, or taking care of kids, and if your schedule changes from day to day
  2. Is individualized to your specific symptoms and addresses whether your symptoms are chronic or episodic in nature and the time course of the symptoms throughout your day
  3. Utilizes the best route of administration for your specific needs, taking into account onset of action, duration of action, and ease of adjustment
  4. Factors in current marijuana usage, including use of CBD oil, and calculates equivalent dosages using a route of administration that is legal under Louisiana law
  5. Includes detailed information about marijuana strain, active components, and terpene profile and how to adjust each component for maximum positive effects and to counter balance negative effects
  6. Consider the overall cost of your treatment plan and produces the best treatment plan for you at the lowest possible product cost.

If you qualify for a recommendation, Dr. Chou will make sure that your recommendation

  1. Uses the right product combination and timing to avoid excessive daytime drowsiness yet produce optimal symptoms relief
  2. Addresses the need for maintenance therapy for symptom control as well as abortive therapy for symptom flair-up.
  3. Chooses amongst sublingual oil, oral capsules, oral edibles, suppositories, and topical for your most effective route of administration
  4. Converts any current marijuana usage to products allowed under state law using precise measurements and calculations
  5. Addresses whether you should receive a specific strain, a full spectrum or isolate, and specific active metabolites, and how to enhance or counter balance the effects with terpenes or CBD.
  6. Adjusts the treatment plan to fit your individual budget and makes recommendations for the most cost effective treatment plan possible.


If you’re doctor can’t or isn’t factoring all of the above into your recommendation, then your doctor doesn’t know what he’s doing, and you’re just wasting your time and money.

A good quality symptom journal is an invaluable resource when using medical marijuana.  Please visit our Additional Resources page for more information.


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Doctor Victor Chou, M.D.

Medical Marijuana Clinic of Louisiana