A growing number of states have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and it is now possible for people to walk into their local dispensary and purchase marijuana for a particular medical condition. In this video, Dr. David Sherer, anesthesiologist and author of Bottom Line’s What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You blog, explains what you should ask the dispensary manager in order to make sure that you are getting the desired results from cannabis. Topics to be addressed include how long the dispensary has been in business, the source of the dispensary’s cannabis, as well as its purity and possible side effects. If you are seeking to treat a specific condition, you would do well to speak to your medical marijuana practitioner to make sure you are getting the correct strain for your condition. Ultimately, though, it is important for individuals to educate themselves about this topic to avoid unreliable or uninformed advice.

David Sherer, MD, is an American physician, inventor, and author. He currently practices anesthesiology in the suburbs of Washington D.C. and is a tireless advocate for hospitalized patients. For more great tips from Dr. Sherer, check out his other videos and Bottom Line blog “What Your Doctor Isn’t Telling You.”