Medical Cannabis: 4 Things You Should Know

Medical marijuana has been legalized in Maryland since 2013, but it may still be a new topic for you. Here’s some quick basics you should know as you begin discussing if medical cannabis with your doctor.

Not all cannabis is created equal
Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, has little if any of the intoxicating properties of marijuana, so patients report no notable changes in consciousness while using CBD products.
In contrast, THC (tetrahydrocannbinol) is the chemical causing the ‘high’ that most people associate with marijuana use.

What type of medical cannabis may be right for me?
CBD may be helpful in treating anxiety, relieving insomnia, and offering pain relief from chronic conditions like epilepsy. CBD interacts with pain receptors in the brain helping reduce pain and has anti-inflammatory effects.
THC is a psychoactive compound, which binds itself to the cannabinoid receptors in the body and produces a feeling of euphoria known as a high. THC is helpful in providing analgesic (pain relief), anti-inflammatory, suppressing muscle spasms and convulsions, and combating nausea. THC can be used by patients with cancer, Parkinson’s, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, depression, and chronic pain.

What’s the process to obtain medicinal marijuana?
Medical marijuana has been legalized in 33 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, with another 13 allowing restricted use.
In Maryland, you’ll need to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) to become a registered patient and obtain a MMCC-issued patient ID card.

After you’ve registered, a provider registered with the MMCC will need to provide you with a written certification for medical cannabis to treat a qualifying medical condition.

If you’re near the Laytonsville area, Dr. Sheila Brush is happy to meet with you to discuss your care and determine if a written certification for medical cannabis would be appropriate for you.

Once you’re registered and have your medical certification, you’ll just need to visit a licensed Maryland dispensary. Be sure to bring your MMCC ID card so the facility can verify your certification within the Commission’s database.

What is the cost? And does insurance cover it?
Prices vary depending on the dispensary and product you’re obtaining. But try to plan on anywhere from $5-$20 for a gram, and an ounce may cost $200-$400.
Health insurance companies are not required to cover the cost of medicinal cannabis however some private health insurers may write policies that will cover the cost of medical cannabis.

How can I get started?
Contact Dr Brush’s office at 301.926.9515 to set up an appointment today.

Dr. Brush is accepting new patients from Laytonsville and surrounding area.

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