If you’ve recently made the decision to try medical marijuana, then you likely have some questions and concerns about using it to treat your medical condition. Like any new industry, there is a lot to know about medical marijuana.
First things first, though. It’s important to ensure medical marijuana is the right option for your particular health condition. Discussing this with your health care provider should always be the first step. It’s also important to know if medical marijuana is legal in the state you reside in. Regulations about who qualifies and how to legally use medical marijuana will differ from state to state. Be sure to check with your state’s designated department to ensure you know how to properly obtain a legal certificate or medical marijuana card.
There’s also a lot to know about the product itself — this is to say that not all buds are created equal. When applying for your medical marijuana card, ask many questions of your health care provider. If you have any concerns about smoking marijuana compared to other consumption methods, then this should also be raised during your appointment.
Beyond knowing how to obtain your medical marijuana and how to select the right product for you, there are also numerous safety considerations to account for. Factors like your own personal tolerance, your personal preferences as well as your state’s requirements will all come into play.
Because there is so much to consider, we’ve compiled a guide on what to expect with medical marijuana for beginners and how to navigate through the complexities of your new venture with cannabis therapy.
Conditions Treated by Medical Marijuana
Before getting started with medical marijuana treatment, it is vital to ensure your specific health condition is not only appropriate to treat with medical marijuana, but is also legally recognized in your state. As of November 2016, there are 28 states plus Washington, DC that have legalized the medical use of marijuana.
There are many misconceptions about the medical marijuana industry, and it’s common for consumers to be confused about when to seek medical treatment using cannabis. They may not know if their condition can even be effectively treated by medical marijuana, and many are skeptical of the legitimate health benefits. Medical Marijuana Strains for Specific Conditions
To help ease the confusion, use the following list as a guideline of common medical conditions with symptoms that are treatable using medical cannabis:
* Chronic pain
* Hepatitis C
* Crohn’s Disease
* Alzheimer’s Disease
* Parkinson’s Disease
* Multiple Sclerosis
* Eating disorders
* Various other chronic or debilitating diseases and conditions
Bear in mind that this is not an official or exhaustive list. Always check with your state’s legalities to ensure your condition qualifies for medical marijuana treatments.
Be Prepared for Significant Research
Like any consumer market, the buyer must always beware of what they are purchasing. Medical marijuana is no different. It is important for all first-time patients to do as much research as necessary so they feel comfortable purchasing medical cannabis products.
Here are a few ways to conduct your own research on the medical marijuana industry and the effects of this type of treatment:
* Online Resources: There are several online resources available, including the Marijuana Doctors, to help beginners learn the ins and outs of using medical marijuana. Visiting dispensaries and speaking directly with experts is another way to gain more insight into using medical marijuana, its effects, the health benefits and anything else you may wish to inquire about. Healing Naturally 420
* Other Medical Marijuana Users: It is also recommended that first-time patients connect themselves with other more seasoned patients who have experience using weed to treat specific medical conditions. This is valuable information that comes first-hand from others who have once been in your position.
* Clinical Studies: It’s important for both skeptics and believers alike to familiarize themselves with the basics of clinical studies done on medical marijuana results. Countless scientific studies conducted by various organizations have been published in medical and scientific journals and are available online for everyone’s reference. Look for studies that have specifically been conducted on the effects of medical marijuana in treating your condition in particular
Obtaining Your Card
To legally purchase and use medical cannabis for the treatment of your symptoms, you must obtain the recommendation from a certified medical health practitioner. Depending on your state, this could be a physician, physician’s assistant, psychiatrist, naturopathic physician, an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or another medical specialist. There are also medical doctors who specialize in prescribing and recommending medicinal marijuana. Research your local state for more information on locating and working with one of these doctors.
To obtain your medical marijuana card, you’ll need to:
* Fill out the Documentation Properly: Once you’ve received your doctor’s recommendation or prescription for your personal use of medical marijuana, there are applications that must be filed with your state. The process for filing applications varies from state to state. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the official application process. Always fill out the application entirely and provide copies of necessary identification. Incomplete applications risk being turned away.
* Pay Your Application Fee: It’s also important to be aware that many states will require the patient to pay an application fee when obtaining legal authority to use medical marijuana. Fees are typically around $100 or more and are a one-time payment. This can come as an unexpected surprise to those who may already be struggling financially with the costs of their medical condition. Be sure to also check if there are any subsidies available for the costs of application feeds. In some states, veterans and people with disabilities may be eligible for a reduced application fee.
* Be Aware of the Timeframe: How long it takes for your application to be processed and approved depends on each state. Some states may process applications relatively quickly. Other states, like those that only recently legalized the distribution of medical marijuana, may not process and approve applications for several months to come.
Where to Purchase Your Medical Cannabis
There are numerous places you can legally purchase your medicinal cannabis products from. However, it must be a certified distributor of medical marijuana as approved by your state. Places that are legally authorized sellers of medicinal marijuana products are called dispensaries, and there are many kinds of dispensaries to choose from. Each operates as its own business, and, therefore, they will each carry different product lines, offer different services and have different staff members available to help.
Medical marijuana dispensaries also go by different names including wellness clinics or compassion clinics. Wellness clinics are outlets that offer health and wellness programs to patients in addition to medical cannabis products.
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Article by: Jason Draizin on 01/03/2017 in Medical Marijuana