Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has garnered much attention in recent years. A growing body of clinical research, backed by a lengthy history of anecdotal evidence, supports the use of marijuana in the treatment of chronic and severe medical conditions. Since 2017, qualifying patients in Maryland can register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and seek a written certification from a licensed provider.

The medical marijuana program at All Star Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine is one of the many ways we empower patients to improve their quality of life. We invite you to book a consultation to learn about medical marijuana and its benefits.

What Is Medical Marijuana and How Can It Help?

Marijuana, or cannabis, is a plant-based product with origins tracing back to the ancient world. Although it may sound like a modern approach to treatment, marijuana was widely used as medicine in the United States during the 19th and early 20th centuries.

Medical marijuana utilizes forms of the cannabis plant to alleviate symptoms of a variety of ailments. Cannabinoids — the active chemical components in marijuana — are similar to chemicals the human body makes that are involved in appetite, movement, pain and memory. When taken therapeutically, cannabinoids may help with reducing anxiety, reducing pain, controlling nausea, stimulating appetite and relaxing tight muscles and joints. The science of medical marijuana is evolving rapidly, and we are continuing to discover more about the plant’s beneficial properties.

What Is Medical Marijuana Used For?

In Maryland, you may qualify for a physician’s recommendation if you are living with the following conditions or symptoms:

  • Chronic Pain
  • Severe Pain
  • Severe Seizures
  • Severe and ongoing muscle spasms
  • Cachexia
  • Anorexia
  • Severe Nausea
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD

Other qualifying circumstances include:

  • Living with a chronic or debilitating medical condition (such as cancer) and receiving palliative care or hospice care
  • Living with any acute condition for which conventional medical treatments proved ineffective that “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the therapeutic use of marijuana

Please refer to the MMCC for the latest information regarding qualifying conditions.

CBD vs. THC: What Are Cannabinoids?

The cannabis plant contains more than 100 cannabinoids that are the main drivers of its therapeutic effects. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) are two of the most studied and discussed cannabinoids. THC and CBD have notably different effects on the body.

THC causes the “high” effect that is often associated with marijuana consumption. THC-dominant strains are primarily chosen by patients seeking cerebral benefits, such as reduction in depression, anxiety, PTSD or insomnia. These strains are also selected by patients looking to reduce nausea or increase appetite.

CBD does not generate a psychoactive effect. CBD-dominant strains tend to be preferred by those who are highly sensitive to THC or who desire clear-headed symptom relief. CBD strains can be helpful in reducing seizures, pain, migraines and inflammation. This is a versatile, low-risk treatment for patients of various ages and stages of well-being.

How Is Medical Marijuana Taken?

Medical marijuana comes in many forms, including:

  • Oil for vaporizing
  • Topical applications
  • Tinctures
  • Edible products
  • Pills and capsules
  • Suppositories
  • Dried leaves and buds

Am I Eligible to Register With the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission?

To become a Maryland medical marijuana patient, you must meet eligibility requirements, apply to the MMCC and obtain a certification from an MMCC-registered provider. Any Maryland resident whose physician approves medical marijuana as a treatment option for a qualifying condition is eligible to register with the MMCC as a patient. 

You must be at least 18 years old to get a Maryland medical marijuana card for yourself. Caregivers aged 21 or over can apply on behalf of a minor patient.

Veterans can obtain medical marijuana in the same way as other patients, but not through the Veterans Affairs health system. Veterans must confirm with the office of Veteran Affairs that they are permitted to use medical marijuana as part of their certified physician recommendation without consequence to their current position or health care system.

Where Can I Obtain Medical Marijuana?

After your registration is approved by the MMCC and you have a valid written certification, you are ready to visit any licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical marijuana. Be sure to have your MMCC-issued ID card with you when you visit the dispensary.​ The dispensary will verify your certification before allowing you to complete a purchase.

 

Get the Help You Need Today

At All Star Pain Management and Regenerative Medicine, we endeavor daily to ensure our patients can achieve the highest quality of life possible. We believe in giving patients access to the resources they need to thrive in their day-to-day lives, and we stand behind the burgeoning evidence that supports medical marijuana as an effective alternative for those afflicted by chronic pain and other debilitating conditions.

Our staff is qualified, compassionate and ready to help you discover your path to health and wellness. To book an appointment, call 443-808-1808 or use our online contact form today.

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