How to Speak with Your Doctor About Medical Cannabis

As of 2021, medical cannabis is legal in 29 states (and recreational use is legal in eight), but thanks to longstanding myths, there’s still some stigma around talking about it with medical professionals. In fact, a recent survey of medical cannabis patients in California found an almost universal fear of being labeled a “stoner” – this despite a poll of doctors showing 76 percent favored the use of medical cannabis (even if they weren’t quite sure of the best ways to go about it).

Before you get started in conversation with a Medical Marijuana Doctor here at Maryland GreenScript Cannabis, our first step for all of our patients is you need to consult with your doctor first. This can be intimidating or even cause anxiety, but the whole process should start here.

So how can you bring it up with your doctor? Here are a few tips.

Do Your Homework

Cannabis can ease a variety of ailments, and different strains do different things. Unfortunately, most medical schools don’t educate doctors about the science of the endocannabinoid system, and instead teach that cannabis is a drug of abuse. That means many doctors don’t know the conditions that cannabis can help, nor the various ways it can be consumed – so you’ll need to have some of that basic knowledge yourself. (Want to really impress? Print a copy of Dr. Ethan Russo’s “Introduction to the Endocannabinoid System” and bring it along.)

Be Honest with Your Doctor

Your communication with your doctor is confidential, so if you’re already consuming cannabis, you should feel comfortable saying so (and if your doctor’s worried they’ll get in trouble for talking about it with you, they’re legally protected, too – the Supreme Court says so).

Explain what you’re using – or want to use – and what you’re hoping the outcome will be. This is where the homework you’ve already done will come in handy.

The reason why many physicians become medical cannabis specialists is because they had a patient, friend or family member who asked them about using cannabis. While they may not initially know anything about using cannabis medicinally, they can (and often will) do their own research. That research will often lead them to peer-reviewed articles from prestigious scientific journals about the therapeutic benefits (like the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties of cannabinoids), and encourage them to continually educate themselves on the medicinal uses for cannabis.

The point here is that you may be the person who educates your doctor or changes his or her mind about cannabis, opening the door for more treatment options for your doctor and other patients. So don’t be shy.

Know When to Walk Away

Let’s say you’ve done everything right – you’ve read, you’ve researched, you know the pros and cons, and you’ve had an honest conversation with your doctor. Even still, they’re resistant to medical cannabis. There could be a lot of personal and professional reasons for that, and they should be respected. But just because it’s the end of the conversation with that doctor doesn’t mean it’s the end of the conversation for you. It does, however, mean you may need to consider finding a doctor who’s more open to making medical cannabis part of your overall treatment.

If you don’t currently use medical cannabis but have a friend who does, ask for a referral to their doctor. Additionally, there are websites and apps with directories of physicians who include cannabis in their treatment options (including the one I work for).

Above all, know your rights, and be your own best advocate. This is your health – you have the right to work with a doctor who’ll collaborate with you on the type of care you can both feel good about.

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How to Tell if Your Marijuana Doctor is Legit

The term marijuana doctor seems to be the new buzz word in the cannabis industry, but is a marijuana doctor, (also known as an MMJ doctor), a real Ph.D. doctor? One that has gone through the traditional Ph.D. route and established a medical practice. Furthermore, with so many so-called “Marijuana doctors” in the industry, how can you tell the good from the bad?

Due to the discrepancy between state laws and contradictions between federal and state marijuana laws in regards to what is allowed and what is forbidden, many niches within the marijuana industry have not yet been fully established and regulated.

While this is creating a lot of room for opportunity, there are those that are also taking advantage of the cracks in the system to capitalize on the market. According to recent reports, there has been an increase in the number of fake doctors issuing invalid medical marijuana recommendations. These “marijuana doctors” hand out phony recs that are worthless.

If you are looking for a legitimate marijuana doctor, then there are a few things you need to watch out for. But first and foremost,

What is a Marijuana Doctor?

A marijuana doctor is a physician with all the rights and privileges of a normal doctor. A marijuana doctor is actually a normal doctor that has experience in the medical field with one difference; They are willing and qualified to recommend medical marijuana. Marijuana doctors can be general practitioners or a doctor of a specific field such as oncology.

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Why isn’t Every Doctor a Marijuana Doctor?

First and foremost, not every doctor wants to become a marijuana doctor. Other doctors simply don’t believe in the healing properties of marijuana, and those that do, are caught between the legal controversy over the use of marijuana which is creating a legal and ethical dilemma. Therefore, while it remains against federal law, many doctors would simply avoid the substance, let alone recommend it.

In addition, those physicians who are adamant enough to become an MMJ doctor often need to pass strict screening processes enforced by their State’s Board of Health to register as an official marijuana doctor. As of now, each state has its own qualifications. For example, in the state of California and with the passing of Proposition 215, regular doctors are permitted to issue marijuana recommendations.

Does this mean that every doctor is issuing a medical recommendation?

Unfortunately not, doctors are still reluctant to do so as prop 215 doesn’t supersede federal law, which says that cannabis is illegal and a schedule 1 drug.

In other states, the laws are harsher as often only some doctors are permitted to apply to the State to become a Medical marijuana doctor and even then the process is long and tedious.

Also when a marijuana doctor is approved by the state, they are expected to maintain a strict practice. The Federation of State Medical Boards published a similar list of guidelines for physicians in 2016.

Their recommendations also included the following:

  • A doctor who recommends marijuana should not hold any financial interest in a company that grows or dispenses cannabis, and their office should not be established in proximity to such a facility.
  • When treating a patient with substance abuse or mental health issues, the doctor should consult with a specialist in pain management or psychiatry prior to recommending a treatment plan that includes marijuana.
  • The doctor should maintain a written treatment plan that includes all of the patient’s pertinent medical history, proof of consent to treat, results of periodic follow-ups, notes from consulting specialists and an ongoing treatment plan for twelve months or less of marijuana treatment.

5 Ways to Know if Your Marijuana Doctor is Legit

1) The Compassionate Use Registry

This doesn’t apply in all states, but some states are more organized than other ones, in the medical marijuana card doctor industry. States such as Florida have set up a database to keep track of all the legit doctors who are authorized by the state to issue medical marijuana treatment. These databases also contain the names of patients who are qualified under state laws to use cannabis as a medical treatment. Next time you are looking for a doctor check to see if your state has a registry and that your doctor is registered.

2) Referrals

As we mentioned throughout this article, there are so many marijuana doctors out there; it is often hard to tell the good from the bad. One excellent way to know if your marijuana doctor is legit is to get a recommendation from someone you know. A trusted friend can tell you what whether the doctor is legit and how was the experience.

3) Price

If a doctor is willing to offer you a medical card for lower than $50, then you need to watch out. A lot of fake doctors are selling recommendations or cards for “bargain” prices. Legitimate doctors might be more expensive, but the extra money spent will be worth it down the road.

At Maryland GreenScript Cannabis, we only charge $100 for everything, as our medical marijuana doctor, Bryce Smetzer, is willing to do house calls and guide you through the entire experience!

4) Ask the name of the 420 Evaluating Doctor

It’s important to ask over the phone the name of the doctor, whether the 420 doctor is certified to suggest the use of medical marijuana and whether that doctor is going to examine you first-hand. Don’t settle for an evaluation with an assistant. Doctors will often sign the recommendation but won’t physically be there to examine you. That raises questions regarding the credibility of the physician.

5) Thorough Examinations

This is the most important way to know if your medical marijuana doctor is legit or not. When your doctor conducts your evaluation, make sure that you are receiving a thorough examination. The doctor should inquire about your medical condition and ask you a bunch of question about your condition. A legitimate doctor will not want to risk his/her reputation on prescribing medical cannabis as a treatment for people who don’t really need it and therefore will thoroughly assess their patients.

If your evaluation feels quick and dirty, then it means that your doctor is probably not complying with the Medical Board’s guidelines. A 5-minute evaluation doesn’t represent a legitimate evaluation. This should get you thinking as to whether the doctor sitting in front of you is legit. It would be best to stop the evaluation and find another marijuana doctor.

Get a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland!

Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation a licensed medical marijuana specialist!

Please keep in mind that none of the above legal references should be interpreted as legal advice. Maryland Grreenscript Cannabis is not responsible for any harm done in reference to this article. Our goal is to only provide education and guidance on an otherwise very difficult to understand realm of regulation.

Contact us today with any questions!

What are Maryland’s Marijuana Laws?

Medical cannabis is legal in the state of Maryland, but recreational cannabis is not (for long). At Maryland Greenscript Cannabis, we focus our attention on thoroughly educating our patients, as we believe understanding and care go hand-in-hand. Let’s get down to the facts.

Be sure to also check out our abbreviated version of Maryland’s Marijuana Laws is you don’t feel like reading this novel of text below.

Where is the legal line on marijuana in Maryland?

Although recreational use is illegal, possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis without the intent to distribute has been decriminalized. It is viewed as a civil offense subject to a maximum fine of $100. 

Additional laws include:

  • Possession of between 10 grams and up to 50 pounds of cannabis is deemed a misdemeanor, the penalty of which is up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000. 
  • Possession of 50 pounds or more is a felony, carrying a punishment of at least five years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. 
  • Possession with the intent to distribute is a felony and is subject to a sliding scale of penalties dependent upon the amount of cannabis distributed.

In March 2020, Maryland passed House Bill 550, which will increase the decriminalization possession amount to 1 ounce (from less than 10 grams). HB550 is currently pending before the Maryland Senate with no date identified for deliberation.

At present, there are no ballot initiatives or pending legislation to legalize recreational marijuana in Maryland. However, in early 2019, a legislative work group was formed to explore ways to implement the legalization of cannabis effectively. The workgroup recommended against legalization in 2020, but they continue to study and debate issues to pave the way for potential legalization at a future date.

Maryland medical marijuana laws

Maryland’s medical marijuana program became fully operational in 2017 with the opening of its first dispensaries.

By law, qualified medical patients may possess a 30-day supply of up to 120 grams for personal medical use (primarily dried flower), or up to 36 grams of THC, according to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC). Home cultivation is not permitted.

The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures related to Maryland’s medical cannabis program. The MMCC is also responsible for guiding patients, caregivers, providers, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories, and caregivers.

Medical marijuana laws background

Protection for patients using medical cannabis in Maryland was first established in 2003 with HB 702, or the Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act. The Act created an affirmative defense for cannabis use among patients with less than one ounce in their possession, carrying a maximum fine of $100.

In 2011, Maryland passed SB 308, which recognized cannabis use for specific medical conditions but still subjected users to a $100 fine. In 2013, HB 180 expanded this protection to include caregivers of medical marijuana patients. HB 1101, which also passed in 2013, enabled academic medical centers to carry out medical cannabis research. The Natalie M. LaPrade Medical Marijuana Commission was consequently created to develop regulations regarding cannabis use, research, and cultivation in Maryland.

The Maryland legislature approved HB881 in 2014. The bill legalized a comprehensive medical cannabis program that offered legal protection for patients, caregivers, and physicians and set up a distribution system. Registered medical cannabis patients and their designated caregivers became permitted to obtain a 30-day supply of cannabis, although personal cultivation remained prohibited. 

The bill was revised by HB 490 (2015). Its revisions included a requirement that patients enroll in an academic research program in order to qualify, and it shielded individuals convicted of non-violent misdemeanors from specific criminal records requests. These regulations were enforced on September 14th, 2015. 

In 2016, HB 104 was passed, empowering dentists, podiatrists, nurse midwives, and nurse practitioners to issue written certifications on behalf of qualifying patients. 

How to get a medical marijuana card in Maryland

A Maryland resident is eligible to register with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) if a certified provider has recommended medical cannabis to treat their condition.

Maryland qualifying conditions for medical marijuana

The marijuana doctors and experts here at Maryland Greenscript Cannabis have but a thorough guide about the most common qualifying conditions for a medical marijuana card in Maryland.

To be registered as a medical marijuana patient in Maryland, patients must have an ailment that meets the state’s list of qualifying criteria

A patient may qualify if they are living with a chronic or debilitating disease or condition that causes:

  • Cachexia
  • Anorexia
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Acute or persistent muscle spasms
  • Glaucoma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • A chronic or severe medical condition for which other treatments have been ineffective

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Steps for obtaining an MMJ card in Maryland

1. ​In-person visit with a certified provider

During this visit, the provider will review the patient’s relevant medical records, complete an in-person assessment, create medically standardized records, and commit to monitor the patient’s journey with medical cannabis.​ 

If the patient meets the provider’s criteria for treatment with medical cannabis, the provider will issue a certification.

2. The patient registers online

An application can be lodged by visiting the MMCC Registry website​ and clicking Create Account under the “Patients” tab. After the online application form has been completed and submitted, the applicant must click on the verification link sent to their email address. The application is not complete and will not be reviewed by the Commission unless verification is performed.

Online registration requires:

  • A valid, accessible email account
  • The last four digits of your Social Security Number
  • An electronic copy of a valid government-issued photo ID 
  • Proof of Maryland residency
  • An electronic copy of a clear, recent photograph

These documents must be dated within the past 90 days. Accepted ID forms include a driver’s license, a state-issued photo ID card, military ID, or a US passport. If the ID does not identify your current address, the patient must also provide two approved documents as proof of residence. 

3. The MMCC reviews completed applications

The applicant will receive a follow-up email notifying whether or not the application has been approved. The MMCC has a high volume of applications, and they recommend calling or emailing only if more than 45 days have passed since the submission of the initial application. 

4. Obtain certification

Once approved, the patient can visit a provider registered with MMCC to obtain a valid certification. A patient may only order an ID card after their patient application has been approved, and they have received certification from a registered provider. 

Following approval, patients can also log into the Patient Registry to designate a caregiver or caregivers. A registered patient is permitted to identify a maximum of two individuals, aged 21 years or older, to serve as caregivers. The caregiver(s) must be registered before being designated.

Does Maryland accept out-of-state medical cards? 

Maryland doesn’t accept out-of-state medical cards at this time, as outlined on the MMCC Patient FAQ.

When does my Maryland medical marijuana card expire?  

Maryland medical marijuana cards issued after January 1st, 2019 expire three years from their date of issue. Cards issued before January 1st, 2019 will expire on the date listed on the card. After the card has been renewed, a new three-year period will go into effect.

Got your medical card? Find a dispensary in Maryland

With your medical card in hand, you can now obtain medical cannabis from this list of licensed dispensaries in Maryland. Find a dispensary in Maryland

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Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation our certified and licensed medical marijuana doctor, Bryce Smetzer.

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Maryland marijuana growing laws

Home cultivation is not permitted for Maryland medical marijuana patients at this time. Home cultivation is punished as simple possession or possession with intent to deliver if the quantity produced is in excess of strict personal use.

Only licensed growers certified by the MMCC are allowed to cultivate cannabis within the state. These growers are subject to stringent background requirements and regulations.

Maryland cannabis public consumption laws

In Maryland, there are specific laws in place regarding the consumption of cannabis in public settings. Marijuana usage in public carries a civil fine of up to $500. Individuals found smoking cannabis in public places or in a motor vehicle, aircraft or a boat may be subject to civil or criminal penalties. 

Individuals found undertaking tasks under the influence of cannabis would constitute negligence or professional malpractice, and are also subject to such penalties.

Maryland cannabis DUI laws

Even in medical-use and adult-use states, it is illegal to drive while under the influence. In Maryland, a person may be found guilty of DUI if a law enforcement official judges them to be impaired by cannabis. 

Cannabis-related DUI cases are similar to those involving drugs deemed more dangerous by the state. Although possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana has been decriminalized in Maryland, driving while impaired by marijuana would still be considered a violation, as espoused in the transportation code.

  • For a first offense, a person convicted of a violation could be sentenced to imprisonment of up to one year, a fine of up to $1000, or both.  
  • Second offenses carried out within five years of the first offense will land the person up to two years in prison, a $2000 fine, or both. 
  • Third offenses carried out within five years of the first offense will land a person up to three years in prison, a $3000 fine, or both.

All offenses carry a requirement of mandatory participation in a drug and alcohol education or treatment program.

Maryland cannabis testing regulations

Following the aftermath of the nationwide VAPI outbreak in 2019, Maryland lawmakers expanded the state’s testing requirements to include the presence of toxic levels of heavy metals in medical cannabis. 

This change means testing must now be performed both on flower at the growing stage and on oil at the processing stage. Lawmakers call the move—which is required for vaping products only—a correction to an oversight in the original medical marijuana law.

Lead is the main culprit, but chromium, manganese, and nickel have also been identified as problem contaminants. State law covering all medical marijuana products—not just vape carts—also calls for product batches to be tested for hair, insects, mold, and microbiological impurities. Testing in Maryland must be carried out in certified independent testing laboratories.

Common questions about marijuana legalization in Maryland

Here are some frequently asked questions about Maryland marijuana legalization:

Can medical patients cultivate cannabis in Maryland?

No. Only MMCC-licensed growers may grow in Maryland.  

Is Maryland a medical  state?

Yes. Maryland has legalized medical cannabis but has not legalized recreational cannabis.

How much medical cannabis can be purchased?

The certification provided by a patient’s registered provider identifies the quantity of dried flower and THC that the patient may purchase within a 30-day period. The limit is calculated as a rolling 30-day limit and is not determined by calendar month.

What fees do patients have to pay to acquire a medical cannabis card?

Patients pay $50.00 at the time of registration for an MMCC ID card.

Does a criminal record affect access to medical cannabis in Maryland?

Individuals convicted of non-violent misdemeanors are shielded from criminal record requests and can access medical cannabis. Individuals who have been charged with a felony are not able to apply for positions as growers, dispensary agents, or processors of cannabis.

Are edibles available to medical marijuana patients?

​At present, edibles are not available to medical marijuana patients.

Where can I obtain medical cannabis?

A Maryland patient can only acquire medical cannabis from a Maryland-licensed dispensary.

Are minors able to qualify for medical marijuana?

A qualifying patient under the age of 18 years may obtain medical cannabis only through their parent or guardian. They must undertake a different registration process.

Learn more about marijuana legalization in Maryland

Learn more about the regulations and laws surrounding cannabis policy in Maryland:

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Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation a licensed medical marijuana specialist!

Please keep in mind that none of the above legal references should be interpreted as legal advice. Maryland Grreenscript Cannabis is not responsible for any harm done in reference to this article. Our goal is to only provide education and guidance on an otherwise very difficult to understand realm of regulation.

Contact us today with any questions!

Medical Marijuana For Anxiety In Maryland

Have you considered medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland, but not exactly sure where to start or who to get help from? Well you are not alone.

There are many patients considering medical marijuana for anxiety but just aren’t sure how to go about the process in Maryland or if it is right for them.

Bryce Smetzer, Maryland Greenscript Cannabis’s primary medical marijuana doctor, is one of Maryland’s leading medical marijuana card doctors. We see patients regularly who are experiencing many symptoms including severe anxiety. If you are unsure about the Maryland medical cannabis process, we are here to help. Let us look first at what anxiety is so we can better understand how medical marijuana may help.

What’s The Difference Between Anxiety and Depression?

Anxiety affects 40 million adults in the United States, or around 18.1% of the population. In fact, anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health issue in our country. It has been associated with several other conditions including depression, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, PTSD, insomnia, generalized and/or social anxiety disorder, phobias, eating disorders, and several types of headaches.

It is not hard to see why so many people in Maryland may be looking for medical marijuana for anxiety, but what are the symptoms of anxiety?

Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Excessive worrying
  • Restlessness
  • Easily fatigued
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances

With an idea of what anxiety is, how about another leading condition for obtaining a medical marijuana card like depression? Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you act, and how you think. The disorder comes with a heavy sadness and a lack of interest in doing activities you once enjoyed.

Other symptoms may include a sense of feeling hopelessness, lack of energy, or feeling weighed down. This can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home.

Below is a list of the most common symptoms associated with depression, but we do recommend seeing a professional before diagnosing yourself for depression.

Symptoms of Depression

  • Sad mood
  • Lack of interest in enjoyable activities
  • Increase or decrease in appetite
  • Lack of energy
  • Feeling guilty
  • Trouble concentrating

It is easy to see how the two of these conditions can appear similar, but they are not the same thing. However, you can see how medical cannabis could help with both.

How Does Medical Marijuana For Anxiety Work?

One of the most common ways to treat anxiety in patients is to manage the levels of a neurotransmitter in your brain called GABA. These levels are typically managed through a class of medications called benzodiazepines. Here is the problem, though, with this approach. You can build a tolerance to benzodiazepines, which means we often find patients taking more and more of them. The medications cause thousands of overdose deaths each year.

Preliminary research about medical marijuana and anxiety shows cannabis has similar effects to medications like benzodiazepines. The good news is, though, that medical marijuana for anxiety has those similar effects without the risk of overdose.

Medical marijuana also appears to lower levels of cortisol in your body. Cortisol is the hormone that is often associated with how much stress you are feeling.  If you have lowered cortisol levels you have a less severe reaction to stress, which can reduce anxiety.

What Form Of Medical Cannabis Works Best?

Maryland medical cannabis comes in several different forms, but the two most common types are flower or concentrates.

Smoking marijuana is probably the most common and popular way to use medical cannabis. This method releases the THC and other cannabinoids in the plant like CBD into your lungs by heating it up. It is a quick and effective way to deliver nearly immediate results from medical cannabis. Of course, the drawbacks to smoking anything are that you are smoking. This could have its own health side effects and some patients just do not enjoy the act of smoking.

Another way to consume medical cannabis is through concentrates. Concentrates is a broad term that describes many different types of medical cannabis, but they include things such as oils, vape products, and more. While each clearly has differences in the way you consume them, how they look, or taste the basic idea behind each is the same. They all are products derived from medical marijuana and that offer more cannabinoids per unit compared to the plant in its natural state.

The benefits to concentrates are that they do not require you to smoke cannabis, which some patients cannot for a variety of reasons. In addition, they are a more concentrated form of THC, which means they can potentially deliver stronger results.

How Do You Get Medical Marijuana For Anxiety?

The process to access medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland is simple. The first part of the process is applying with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission online. The application will make you answer basic questions like your address, telephone number, and email address.

In addition to get a Maryland medical card you must establish your residency in Maryland by submitting an ID or some other forms of identification to prove where you live.

Finally, you will need to upload a passport photo. We have seen many applications get denied because this photo was not done right so be sure to either read the guidelines closely or have a center help you through this part of the application.

Once you have submitted this application to apply for your medical card you will need to find a medical marijuana doctor. The MMJ doctor’s office will need two things from you to get you certified to access medical marijuana for anxiety.

The first is some medical records documenting your qualifying medical condition. There are several things that can show this but often medical records such as a doctor’s note or prescription can demonstrate your qualifying condition.

In addition to your records, the medical cannabis doctor will also need the medical ID number that you receive back from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission to complete your certification. Once you have these things your doctor will be able to certify you in a quick process that will allow you to immediately access a Maryland medical marijuana dispensary.

The bottom line is that if you are interested in getting medical marijuana for anxiety in Maryland you should consult a good medical cannabis provider. They will help walk you through the process to ensure that you are able to access medical cannabis as quickly and as easily as possible.

Need a Medical Marijuana Card in Maryland?

Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation a licensed medical marijuana specialist!

Please keep in mind that none of the above legal references should be interpreted as legal advice. Maryland Grreenscript Cannabis is not responsible for any harm done in reference to this article. Our goal is to only provide education and guidance on an otherwise very difficult to understand realm of regulation.

Contact us today with any questions!

How Legal Pot Can Change Lives of PTSD Sufferers

As many as 8% of the US population will suffer from PTSD during their lifetimes. That’s around 24 million people in the United States who are afflicted with often life-long traumatic recall.

For some, PTSD is short-term, requiring months of counseling and support. Others will deal with PTSD symptoms for the rest of their lives.

For many of these people, legal pot could offer symptom-relief where conventional treatments have failed. At Maryland Greenscript Cannabis, we understand that treatment is different for everyone, so we encourage you to please consult with your doctor or psychiatrist before self-medicating with marijuana.

With those considerations in mind, let’s explore some of the science behind using medical marijuana to treat trauma.

What is PTSD?

PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is a mental health disorder caused by either a one time or prolonged life-threatening event such as:

  • School shooting
  • Terrorist attack
  • War or Military Combat
  • Sexual assault
  • Recurring abuse

The symptoms of PTSD are often severe and ongoing. They include:

  • Intense anxiety
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Night terrors and nightmares
  • Flashbacks
  • Invasive memories
  • Mood swings
  • Isolation
  • Physical or emotional reactions to stimuli
  • Nausea
  • Inability to eat
  • Chronic pain

Almost everyone would experience some of these after a life-threatening event, but for most people, the symptoms dissipate with time, along with a combination of therapy and potentially medication. This is common for treating PTSD.

When these symptoms last for longer than 2 weeks after an event, a person may be diagnosed with PTSD by a mental health professional.

This disease affects every aspect of life from work to relationships to enjoyment to being alone.

PTSD is also deadly for those living with this mental illness. The VA (US Department of Veteran’s Affairs) released a report that concluded that veterans account for 18% of all suicides in the US.

Due to the nature of their work, veterans are highly likely to have been exposed to PTSD inducing events.

Why PTSD Individuals Self-Medicate with Marijuana

For those suffering from PTSD, using legal pot isn’t just about reducing stress, it’s the one thing that allows them to function more normally.

It can help them better manage these awful symptoms to live more fulfilling lives, along with helping them cope and maintain an appetite.

Medical Marijuan Vs Opiates

There are treatments on the market for PTSD, but many of them are lacking. Cognitive behavioral therapy is common but leaves many PTSD suffers without relief.

Another treatment option is the use of prescription opioids, which can reduce associated pain, nausea and nightmares. But these drugs have serious side effects which include:

  • Severe constipation
  • Sleepiness
  • Low sex drive
  • Disorientation
  • Unconsciousness

On top of this, opiates are highly addictive and sought-after on the black market. This adds a tremendous level of risk to the patient.

They may become addicted or otherwise misuse them. A child in the home may gain access. Someone may break in or steal them to sell. Accidental overdose and death can even result.

In this way, legal pot saves lives. Colorado saw a 6% drop in opioid-related deaths in 2016 while the rest of the country saw a drastic increase year over year. Guess what had happened the year before? They legalized marijuana.

What PTSD Research Shows

It’s important to note that research is ongoing. For years, effective research has been hampered by strict laws that prevent human studies in the US and when they were allowed, it restricted the type of marijuana that could be used.

As you’re likely already aware, there are many strains of legal pot. That’s why we need experts to help us understand the differences.

We’ve got a lot of catching up to do in the US. But there is much anecdotal evidence to support to use of legal pot for PTSD. The ongoing controlled clinical trials will help confirm individual experiences over time.

For those finding no relief or seeking to avoid opiate side effects, the evidence is convincing enough to make the switch.

Not unsurprisingly, US veterans are among the loudest voices encouraging the country they served to increase research efforts. The FDA has recently approved a study that will provide more evidence. But it will take many years to complete.

Promising anecdotal studies include the following:

New Mexico’s Medical Cannabis Program

New Mexico was the first state to recognize marijuana’s medicinal value for those with PTSD. Participants in this study self-reported a 75% reduction in symptoms.

The Canadian Forces Health Services Operational Trauma and Stress Support Centre Study

This study focused on nightmares. They found that 72% of participants reported far fewer nightmares when using legal pot.

New York University’s Langone Medical Center Study

This study had a slightly different focus. It sought to discover why some individuals are more susceptible to PTSD. They found that those with PTSD have a larger number of cannabinoid receptors in the brain.

Cannabis is believed to work by blocking some of the input to these receptors, which may explain why legal pot may help reduce PTSD symptoms in some people.

In addition, people with PTSD were shown to have less of a neurotransmitter called anandamide. Like dopamine, anandamide has a calming effect on the body. Without it, fear and pain are much more intense.

Cannabis can mimic this molecule to produce a similar effect.

Does Medical Pot Cure PTSD?

It’s very important to note that research hasn’t shown that marijuana cures any disease. It helps reduce common symptoms of conditions. In fact, before it was outlawed in the US in the 1930s, it was well-known for its medicinal properties.

The American Medical Association even fought against the movement to make it illegal.

Legal pot may help reduce symptoms associated with PTSD.

Where Can You Get Medical Cannabis in Maryland

You can only get legal pot at a licensed dispensary. You will first get a doctor’s recommendation and get approved for a medical marijuana card for your condition.

Non-Maryland residents may apply for a card but must be under the care of a Maryland physician and living in Maryland at the time of registration.

Get Help with PTSD Today

Are you suffering from PTSD? It’s time to talk to a doctor. There is anecdotal evidence that supports the use of cannabis in various forms to treat PTSD. Marijuana may provide you the relief you seek without the awful side effects that other drugs can have.

Don’t suffer any longer. Speak with one of our experienced consultants. Call us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a phone consultation.

Contact us today with any questions!

How to Get Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

Looking for one of the cheapest medical marijuana doctors in Maryland? Look no further than Maryland Greenscript Cannabis!

Our process is simple – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE phone consultation with help getting your medical marijuana card in Maryland.

We’ll help you get started, and even have our medical marijuana doctor come to your house!

Not ready to reach out yet? Take a look at the steps below to gets started on your own.

Find a Medical Marijuana Doctor in Maryland

Well that was easy! Maryland Greenscript Cannabis is a top rated medical marijuana doctor local to Baltimore, Reisterstown, Finksburg, Westminster, Towson, and many other cities throughout the state of Maryland!

Schedule an appointment to meet with one of our licensed medical marijuana doctors in Maryland through Maryland Greenscript Cannabis at a time that is most convenient for you.

Consult with a doctor for 10-15 minutes to evaluate your ailments, and ask any questions you may have about medical marijuana treatment.

The state of Maryland has approved the use of medical marijuana for the following conditions and ailments:

  • Cachexia
  • Anorexia
  • Glaucoma
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Severe Pain
  • Severe Nausea (including that caused by other medications for conditions)
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Chronic Pain
  • Any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of Cannabis.

Do not hesitate to reach out if you need assistance with getting an appointment set. Our team would be more than happy to help.

Register with the MMCC

Sign up as a new patient through the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and pay the $50 state fee. You will need to provide some basic information and upload a picture of a valid government-issued ID that shows your Maryland address as well as a clear picture of yourself with a white background.

Every patient will need to prove Maryland residency for their application to be accepted by the state of Maryland.

Be aware of the laws and regulations that still exist around possession of medical marijuana.

Get Approved for Your Medical Marijuana Card!

Once you have your consultation and if you are approved for a Maryland medical marijuana card, the doctor will upload your MMCC ID and certify you for medical cannabis treatment. You can immediately print your temporary certification and begin buying cannabis from any dispensary in Maryland while you wait for your card to come in the mail.

Your physical MMCC ID card will be valid for two years; however, you will still need to be re-certified annually by a licensed physician in MD.

Maryland Greenscript Cannabis will get in touch with you when your certification is approaching its expiration to help you set up a renewal consultation.

Apply for Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Today!

Need help? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation a licensed medical marijuana specialist.

How to Find & Access Marijuana Dispensaries in Maryland

Maryland Medical Marijuana Dispensary Locations and Information

Maryland currently has medical marijuana dispensary locations throughout the state. An easy way to find dispensaries near you is to simply use a marijuana dispensary search engine like Leafy.

As of 2021, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) has pre-approved 102 dispensary licenses — with the possibility of up to seven more — for a total of 109 licensed dispensaries in Maryland. There are nearly 100 dispensaries that are operational in the state currently in the following cities:

AberdeenAbingdonAnnapolisBaltimoreBethesda
BowieBrandywineBurtonsvilleCambridgeCamp Springs
Capitol HeightsCentervilleChevy ChaseCockeysvilleColumbia
CroftonCumberlandEdgewaterElktonEllicott City
FrederickGaithersburgGambrillsGermantownHagerstown
HalethorpeJessupJoppaLaurelLinthicum
MechanicsvilleMiddle RiverNew MarketNottinghamOcean City
OlneyParkvillePerryvillePikesvilleReisterstown
RockvilleSalisburySilver SpringSolomonsStreet
SuitlandTakoma ParkTimoniumTowsonUpper Marlboro
WaldorfWestminsterWhite Plains  

Common Medical Marijuana Dispensary Questions (FAQ)

How Much Does Medical Marijuana Cost in Maryland?

Though Maryland has approximately 100,000 medical marijuana patients, there are still fewer than 100 dispensaries in the state. As a result, prices can run higher than the national average.

The good news, though, is prices are falling as more dispensaries and cultivation facilities continue to open. You can find marijuana products in Maryland for between $10-$15 per gram.

How Much Can You Buy?

Medical marijuana patients can possess up to 120 grams of flower marijuana and dispensaries are allowed to sell each patient the equivalent of 36 grams of THC per month.

How to Access Maryland Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Patients, parents, and legal guardians may apply to obtain registration from the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.  A patient, parent, or legal guardian must have a written certification issued to them by a registered practitioner prior to receiving to a medical marijuana card. You should go through the following steps:

  1. Find out if you qualify for the Maryland Medical Marijuana program.
  2. Create a profile on the Maryland medical marijuana patient registry and receive patient identification number.
  3. Get certified at Maryland Greenscript Cannabis by providing your patient identification number and making a telehealth or in office appointment.
  4. Print and fill out your patient intake forms before your appointment.
  5. Setup an in-person house call to meet with our providers the day of your appointment.
  6. Once you are seen and certified, you may print your temporary MMCC card and use that in a licensed dispensary while you await your state issued card.
  7. Visit a dispensary to purchase medical marijuana products.

What Can You Buy from a Medical Marijuana Dispensary in Maryland?

  • Edibles
  • Vape Oils
  • Cannabis Flower
  • Tinctures
  • Topicals
  • Concentrates

Ready to Get Your Medical Marijuana Card?

Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation a licensed medical marijuana specialist!

Contact us today with any questions!

Common Qualifying Conditions for Maryland Medical Marijuana Card

Patients reach out to Maryland Greenscript Cannabis because they are seeking help to treat one or more of these more common mental and/or physical ailments:

  • Seizures
  • Severe Nausia
  • Cachexia
  • Anorexia
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Glaucoma
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Chronic Pain
  • Severe Pain
  • Persistent or Severe Muscle Spasms

We understand how difficult living with these conditions can be, and that is why we are passionate about helping Maryland residents obtain their medical marijuana card for use at Maryland dispensaries.

With medical marijuana now legal in 29 states and the District of Columbia, there’s no question about the endless list of benefits it can provide.

Figuring out what conditions can benefit from marijuana and the qualifying conditions in your state can be a bit confusing. Medical research is advancing every day, discovering new ways to use marijuana to help improve peoples lives.

Get Your Maryland Medical Marijuana Card Today!

Need help getting your marijuana card but need a licensed medical marijuana doctor in Maryland? Don’t sweat – reach out to us at 443-536-2681 or email us at anytime Marylandgreenscriptcannabis@gmail.com for a FREE 10-15 minute phone consultation our certified and licensed medical marijuana doctor, Bryce Smetzer.

Contact us today with any questions!

Seizures

It’s a fact that marijuana has been anecdotally reported to help people with seizures for close to 150 years. Recent studies have shown that cannabidiol, a chemical substance within marijuana, is the cause.

Cannabidiol helps sufferers of epilepsy and other seizure-inducing disorders manage their symptoms. In difficult to treat disorders medical marijuana use has been especially helpful.

Severe Nausea

When patients meet with our marijuana doctor, we have found that this is one of the most common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana prescriptions. Nausea, especially chemotherapy-induced nausea, has been shown to respond well to marijuana.

For decades cancer patients have had to suffer through the intense emesis caused by the chemotherapy drugs used to treat their cancer. Existing antiemetics are not always effective and have a host of additional side effects.

Marijuana provides quick relief from nausea and has much more limited side effects. It also has the effect of reducing additional pain and improving patient mood.

Cachexia

Cachexia is more a side effect of a severe illness rather than a disease itself. It is characterized by the wasting of the body that accompanies lack of appetite, intense weariness and other sicknesses.

Marijuana naturally improves the appetite. For patients suffering from cachexia it is a great way to encourage them to eat. Depending on the condition they are suffering from it can also help reduce symptoms of nausea and improve patient mood and outlook.

Anorexia

Anorexia nervosa is a mental health disorder that can have devasting effects on long-term health. It is characterized by the refusal to eat, nearly to the point of starvation at points.

Similar to cachexia, medical marijuana’s appetite-inducing effects help encourage anorexia sufferers to eat. While not a cure in and of itself, it can be a major boost when attempting to manage symptoms.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a mental health disorder experienced by some people who have gone through a traumatic event. Shootings, assaults or the types of situations common on battlefields and during military service can cause PTSD.

Medical marijuana can have a significant positive impact on sufferers of PTSD. Some existing studies show a reduction in symptoms as high as 75%.

The effectiveness of medical marijuana over traditional psychotropic and opiate drugs make a strong case for PTSD’s inclusion on the list of qualifying conditions.

Learn more about the most common questions we receive regarding marijuana.

Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a potentially life-altering medical condition that impacts the optic nerve. If left untreated it can lead to irreversible blindness.

The two most common forms of glaucoma are primary open-angle and angle-closure. These are both caused by a buildup of pressure on the optic nerve due to inadequate drainage of the eye.

In primary open-angle fluid in the eye simply doesn’t drain the way it should. This results in a slow buildup of fluid that puts pressure on the optic nerve and damages it.

Angle-closure glaucoma is the acutest form of the disease. It is caused by a drainage angle that is close to the iris of the eye. Depending on the conditions of your attack, you could go blind in a very short amount of time.

Medical marijuana is effective in relieving nausea, pain, and inflammation that can result from glaucoma. This is one of the reasons glaucoma is one of the most common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Wasting Syndrome

Wasting syndrome is a side effect of many serious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, cancer, tuberculosis and heart failure. Patients report that their bodies seem to waste away and that they have almost no appetite or energy.

Wasting syndrome is a qualifying condition for marijuana for the same reason cachexia is. Marijuana’s appetite stimulating properties can help patients begin to rebuild their bodies.

The added calories they are able to consume help them prevent the loss of further muscle mass and begin to gain weight. Marijuana’s pain reducing properties can also help them deal with other symptoms of their condition.

Severe or Persistent Muscle Spasms

Muscle spasms affect millions of people every day. Medical marijuana has proven to be an effective relief for several different conditions that cause spasms.

The pain relieving and anti-inflammatory properties of marijuana are very effective at reducing symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders. Topical applications of THC creams have shown great promise in improving the lives of muscle spasm sufferers.

Chronic Pain

Sufferers of chronic pain can see even more devastating long-term effects than those with severe but temporary pain. Chronic pain persists for more than 12 weeks and for many American’s lasts their entire lives.

Common causes of chronic pain are:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Neck or back injuries
  • Migraines
  • Arthritis

Medical marijuana use can go a long way to alleviating the symptoms of chronic pain that most impact people’s lives. It helps you sleep, reduces the symptoms of pain and can boost your overall mood.

Most importantly for sufferers of chronic pain worried about opiates and opioids, it’s not addictive.

Severe Pain

The soothing effects of marijuana make it an effective treatment for many types of moderate to severe pain, including the treatment of severe back pain. It relaxes muscles, calms people down and generally improves peoples mood and outlook.

A since closed federal medical marijuana project has provided medical marijuana to the half the participants for the purpose of pain relief. They report that the marijuana helps them go about their daily lives much better than other prescribable medications.

Pain is one of the most common qualifying conditions for medical marijuana.

Learn More about Qualifying Conditions for Marijuana Card in Maryland

If you suffer from any of these conditions or have another condition you think qualifies you for medical marijuana contact your doctor. There is no reason to needlessly suffer when there is a useful medication available to help relieve your symptoms.

You can find out more about medical marijuana and how to get your medical marijuana card by contacting us at Maryland Greenscript Cannabis Today!

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