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Medical Marijuana

Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC

Pain Management & Physical Therapy located in Englewood, NJ

Have past treatments for your debilitating physical, mental, or emotional condition come up short? If you’re searching for an alternative option to traditional medical care, consider exploring medical marijuana with the NJMMP registered physicians at Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood, PC. Located in Englewood, New Jersey, the practice is qualified, compassionate, and ready to help you on your journey towards health and wellness. To book an appointment, call or use the online booking tool today.

Medical Marijuana

How does medical marijuana work?

Medical marijuana uses many forms of the Cannabis sativa plant to relieve you of the symptoms of a variety of ailments. 

The cannabis plant contains over 100 chemical components, called cannabinoids. Physicians prescribe medical marijuana to primarily make use of two cannabinoids, THC (delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol).

THC

THC is the main psychoactive component of the cannabis plant, or the component that creates a “high” or sense of euphoria. 

It can help treat issues such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Low appetite
  • Glaucoma
  • Pain 
  • Muscle spasticity 

CBD

CBD has an extremely similar chemical structure to THC. Its slight chemical difference makes a significant experiential difference; it doesn’t create a high. Because of this, some patients prefer CBD to THC.

CBD can also treat pain, nausea, and anxiety, as well as:

  • Seizures
  • Inflammation
  • Migraines
  • Depression
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

In some cases, medical marijuana can help with other mental disorders or psychosis.

Medical marijuana is available in a variety of forms, including dried leaves and buds, topical ointment, oral solution, and oil for vaporizing.

Who gets medical marijuana?

In the state of New Jersey, you may qualify for a medical marijuana card if you suffer from any of the following debilitating medical conditions:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Anxiety
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Dysmenorrhea
  • Glaucoma
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Intractable skeletal spasticity
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Opioid use disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizure disorder, including epilepsy
  • Terminal illness with a prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and/or acquired deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • Tourette syndrome

In addition to this, in order to qualify for medical marijuana treatment, you must be a legal New Jersey resident, receive your diagnosis from a health care practitioner registered with the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (NJMMP), and have a bona fide relationship with your provider.

The state of New Jersey defines a bona fide relationship as an ongoing relationship between physician and patient that has existed for at least one year, or as one in which the physician has seen you or assessed you at least four times regarding your debilitating condition.

Your physician must also be willing to assume responsibility for providing you with continuing medical care and management.

What happens during a medical marijuana appointment?

During your medical marijuana assessment appointment, your physician starts by going over your medical complaint and your medical history, including if and when other medical therapy options have failed you.

Then, they conduct a comprehensive medical exam tailored to your debilitating condition.

If and when you qualify for medical marijuana, your physician provides you with a written statement and a reference number, which you will need to register.

If you’re interested in exploring whether or not medical marijuana may help ease the symptoms of your debilitating condition, schedule an appointment with an NJMMP registered physician at Spine Center and Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Englewood. To get started, reach out to the practice by phone or online.