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Medical Marijuana – Qualifying Conditions

Marijuana as Medicine

It is argued that Greek physician and father of medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Within that idea is the contention that naturally occurring substances are highly effective at treating human ailments. Proponents of medical marijuana assert that, as both a substance that occurs in nature and a substance produced by the human body, marijuana is a highly effective medicine.

Marijuana contains THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is full of cannabinoids, compounds that create drug-like reactions in the human body. THC echoes compounds created by our own bodies. These compounds are created within the endocannabinoid system, which is located primarily in the body’s central nervous system but found in the peripheral nervous system, too. Marijuana has been used medicinally for thousands of years. The first record of its use was in China approximately 5,000 years ago. Advocating for its use medicinally is nothing new, but the list of ailments it can help has grown exponentially.

 

How Can Marijuana Help?

Anyone who lives with a chronic and/or debilitating health condition will tell you unequivocally that their days are spent navigating life through a cloud of “maybes.” Maybe a chronically ill person can:

  •  Get out of bed that day
  •  Attend to showering and grooming
  •  Make a meal
  •  Work through their pain or brain fog
  •  Run errands
  •  Clean or do laundry

Within the scope of the “maybes” lies the challenge of navigating those simple tasks through pain, which, in turn, affects their mental health. Medical marijuana can help relieve pain, inflammation, and many other forms of physical and mental suffering, allowing the user greater functionality and quality of life.

 

What Conditions Can Be Treated?

Through the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Certification program, one can legally obtain medical marijuana to treat numerous medical conditions. Some conditions that qualify for medical marijuana treatment are:

  •  AIDS and HIV
  •  Arthritis
  •  Back pain
  •  Cancer
  •  PTSD  and post-traumatic pain
  •  Autoimmune disorders
  •  Multiple Sclerosis
  •  Fibromyalgia
  •  Glaucoma
  •  HIV
  •  Scoliosis
  •  ADHD/ADD
  •  Anxiety and depression
  •  Hepatitis C
  •  Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases
  •  Insomnia
  •  ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  •  Alzheimer’s
  •  Migraines
  •  Movement Disorders
  •  Parkinson’s Disease
  •  Seizures
  •  Substance Abuse Disorder
  •  Tourette’s Syndrome

People with other medical conditions may be eligible for a medical marijuana card in Massachusetts, as well. A primary criterion for determining eligibility is the level of the affliction an individual experiences. A condition must be certified as debilitating and altering the quality of an individual’s life to qualify for medical marijuana.

 

Eligibility

To be approved for the Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Certification program, your condition must be certified by a Massachusetts state-accredited, licensed medical marijuana practitioner.  You can make an appointment with our nurse practitioner, who will go through your medical records and history with you to determine your eligibility for a medical marijuana card.

  

Live the Best Life You Can

Living with less pain and less restriction of function and activities can only be positive. If you are seeking a medicinal option with a lengthy history of efficacy and live in the Worcester, Massachusetts area, please call Canna Card Express so we can help you life the best life you can.

 

Disclaimer: The information contained here was not written by a medical doctor and is intended for informational purposes only. This is not a substitute for medical advice.

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Steps to Certification

Step 1
Book an appointment

Book an appointment via our website, phone, or email. You must be a Massachusetts Resident

Step 2
Login to HIPAA

Once the appointment is booked, an email is sent with a link to login to our secure HIPAA compliant patient portal where documents are filled out and reviewed by the Nurse Practitioner prior to your visit.

If you have any difficulty completing these documents please Contact us.

Step 3
Upload Documents
Upload a valid photo ID to the patient portal.
  • Massachusetts Driver’s license
  • Massachusetts ID
  • US military ID
  • US passport
Step 4
Receive Appointment

You will receive appointment reminders before the visit via email, automated voice message, and text.

Step 5
Your visit

Your visit: Telemedicine visits are via a secure HIPAA compliant patient platform. The visit may be done by telephone if preferable. Once connected, the provider will review your medical history and discuss how to incorporate Medical Cannabis into your routine.

Step 6
Invoice

Your invoice is available for payment online in your patient portal. We will process it after your visit. If certification is denied for any reason, we will issue a refund immediately.

Step 7
Here You Go

When the above steps are complete, you will receive two emails. A welcome email is received from the Massachusetts Medical Use of Marijuana Program, and another email from us at Canna Card Express. A temporary program ID card is attached to our email, it is ready to use at dispensaries and is valid for 2 weeks. Our email contains step by step instructions on how to complete the registration online with the state. Registration with the state is required to receive the hard copy Medical Marijuana Patient ID Card. Registration requires a valid MA ID, proof of residency, and is valid for one year. In a year, a renewal visit is needed to keep certification active.

If you have any difficulties with the online state registration, please  Contact us.