As a proud member of MDVIP– A nationwide company that every day helps patients to identify risk, prevent disease and optimize treatment, from early detection to coaching patients on lifestyle changes that can really pay off. We offer members a variety of multiple resources such as comprehensive, annual wellness program comprised of advanced screenings and tests to assess all major health and wellness areas.
One Area in particular that MDIP now supports in qualified states is Medical Marijuana Treatment. In the Pennsylvania area we have been able to see tremendous results with patients who struggle with a variety of diseases and conditions. With over 35 years of certified medical experience I have had patients that are truly seeing and experiencing the benefits of medical marijuana and the improvement it has made in their health and wellbeing.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. As a physician I ensure to take the time to put emphasis on prevention and wellness. With 24/7 around the clock care my staff and I truly take the time to get to know you and any underlying aliments.
If you are someone who could medically benefit from using medical marijuana, you probably have a series of questions such as:
- Is it safe? Is it addictive?
- What Is Cannabis used for?
- What conditions is it used to treat?
- Has its effectiveness been proven?
- Is it legal in my state?
- How Do I get Medical Marijuana?
Is It Safe & Can It Be Addictive?
The reason why most researchers, doctors, and policy makers are so intrigued with the allure of marijuana is that it has shown to be clearly safer than opiates and there has been no cases of overdoses as well as it being far less addictive than opiates.
Before deciding if medical marijuana is the best treatment for you, speak with a certified doctor to discuss all of the factors involved when it comes to your disease or condition. Medical Marijuana is a part of the marijuana plant that used to treat a variety of medical diseases and conditions therefore being educated on its intended purpose is important so you can receive the best medical treatment to relieve your symptoms. Medical Marijuana is not Intended for recreational use.
For patients thinking of trying Medical marijuana for the first time, consider this:
- Confide in your doctor – Be honest and open with your physician- Tell them what medical symptoms you are really feeling so they can be addressed.
- Set the expectation – Tell your doctor that you consider this to be a part of your patient care and that you expect them to be educated about it before recommending it as a solution.
- Feel Confident in your decision- Understanding that this treatment is here to help you relieve your symptoms or condition, it is ok to ask questions throughout the process.
What Is Cannabis Used For?
Medical Marijuana is a part of the marijuana plant that used to treat medical diseases and conditions. Doctors prescribe it for medical treatment to relieve symptoms, not for recreational use.
Today, cannabis is generally used by patients who want to alleviate symptoms such as pain, anxiety, insomnia, appetite loss, and more.
You might be wondering what’s so special about medical marijuana that allows it to be so beneficial.
You see, cannabis contains hundreds of active that provide a range of medical benefits. Compounds like cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids bring a range of colorful medicinal effects that influence the mind and body to communicate more clearly between cells.
Cannabinoids, like THC and CBD are two of cannabis’ most well-known compounds. These are the chemical compounds secreted by a cannabis flower that offer a unique range of effects that calm the mind and body.
Depending on a cannabis product’s cannabinoid profile, different types of relief are achievable.
Cannabis contains at least 85 different types of these cannabinoids which have been tested to be of medical value. The chart below can help you determine which cannabinoids may help treat symptoms from inflammation, appetite loss, nausea, anxiety, sleep disorders, and other medical conditions.
What Conditions Is It Used to Treat?
Medical marijuana is used to treat a number of different conditions, including:
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Appetite loss
- Crohn’s disease
- Eating disorders such as anorexia
- Multiple sclerosis
- Muscle spasms
- Wasting syndrome (cachexia)
- Mental health conditions like schizophrenia and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Request a Meeting with Your Local Palmyra Physician
MDVIP, has 24/7 around the clock care and a nationwide network of physicians who can meet your needs. Fee-based primary care options like MDVIP are becoming more and more affordable for seniors and long-time members. You want a doctor who is there when you need them, takes time to listen, who cares, a doctor you can trust.
Has Its Effectiveness Been Proven & How does it help?
The most common use for medical marijuana in the United States is for pain control. Cannabinoids — the active chemicals in medical marijuana — are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement, and pain.
Research suggests cannabinoids might:
• Reduce anxiety
• Reduce inflammation and relieve pain
• Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy
• Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth
• Relax tight muscles in people with MS
• Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS
Is It Legal in My State?
Pennsylvania is one of the 33 states that legally allows medical marijuana treatment. States that allow restricted use only include: Alabama, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
How Do You Get Medical Marijuana?
In order to get medical marijuana, you need a written recommendation from a certified doctor in states where it is legal. As an MDVIP member we have certified doctors nationwide that will be able to make an appointment with you to address your medical ailments. I am currently located in the Pennsylvania area (Not every doctor is willing to recommend medical marijuana for their patients.)
You must have a condition that qualifies for medical marijuana use. Each state has its own list of qualifying conditions. Your state may also require you to get a medical marijuana ID card. Once you have that card, you can buy medical marijuana at a dispensary.
To speak to a certified physician for medical treatment located in the Pennsylvania area visit: www.drjohnpatrickwelch.com/contact to make an appointment.