A lot of people fear going to the doctor’s office for an annual checkup because doctor’s offices can be quite daunting and intimidating. The medical term for fear of doctors is iatrophobia, which affects about 3% of the population. These patients can be treated over time, but it can be difficult considering how intimidating some doctor’s offices are with closets filled with medical supplies and equipment. Many of these supplies are actually a safety hazard, so much that some things at your doctor’s office are more dangerous than marijuana.

First, the doctor’s office as a whole is more dangerous than marijuana because it contributes to increased blood pressure in some patients. These patients have white-coat hypertension, a condition that causes their blood pressure to increase when they’re at the doctor’s office. Blood pressure can rise during stress, which these patients experience every time they visit the doctor’s office, possibly underlying dysfunction with their vascular system. Waiting rooms are also more dangerous than marijuana simply because they sit ill patients. These sick patients spread germs, which can cause infections if the waiting rooms aren’t cleaned and disinfected regularly. Now, many of these patients can actually heal their pain with medical marijuana because doctors are beginning to recognize the plant’s healing properties.