Are you suffering from a debilitating condition now?
“Debilitating” is defined in the regulations as “causing cachexia, weakness, wasting syndrome, intractable pain, or nausea, or impairing strength or ability, and progressing to such an extent that one or more of a patient’s major life activities is substantially limited.”
Is one of your condition(s) significantly impacting your life? Have you tried multiple treatments that have not worked or gotten severe side effects from standard treatments? Does your condition affect your social or employment life? Is the most basic function of life activities a chore? If you answer yes to any of the above, then it is likely you fulfil the debilitating condition requirement.
What conditions qualify for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts?
Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Law States:
- A Debilitating condition determined by a doctor
- Chronic pain which has not been responded to conventional treatment for 6 months
- Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
- Acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Hepatitis C
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Crohn’s disease
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Medical marijuana is legal, why do I need a Marijuana card?
It is true that medical marijuana is legal for personal use in the state of Massachusetts, however; there is not a system in place for anyone to sell recreational marijuana legally. If finding properly tested and correctly labeled medical marijuana is of high importance to you, then the only way to have access to a medical dispensary is to be a registered marijuana patient. Also, there are many different strains of medical marijuana that have different effects. If getting adequate education is important, obtaining a marijuana certification is a good choice. Currently, recreational shops will not be opened until late 2018.
What type of relationship do I need to have with the physician recommending medical marijuana as a treatment?
A certification can only be made in the course of a bona fide physician- patient relationship. A bona fide physician-patient relationship is defined in the regulations as a relationship between a certifying physician (acting in the usual course of professional practice) and a patient, in which the physician has conducted a clinical visit, completed and documented a full assessment of the patient’s medical history and current medical conditions, has explained the potential risks and benefits of the marijuana use, and has a role in the patient’s ongoing care and treatment.
So, what does that mean for me?
Bring in records relating to the condition that qualifies you for medical marijuana recommendation. Any primary care office notes or ongoing mental health provider notes if you have a mental health diagnosis that is affecting your quality of life, will be most optimal. The records you provide will assist the physician in conducting a thorough full assessment and medical history of you and allow the physician to explain the risks and benefits of medical marijuana tailored to you. Afterwards, if medical marijuana certification is recommended, there is a recommendation to follow up at least 6 months after the initial visit to ensure the physician is actively participating in your ongoing care and treatment. After 1 year, the recommendation is to extend follow up visits to yearly.
Why Hope Integrative Care?
- We understand the importance of establishing positive doctor-patient relationships, building an environment of trust, compassion, and understanding, which forms the foundation for patient progress. It is also part of our mission to help eliminate the stigmas attached to medical marijuana use.
- We educate and help patients to understand its benefits and risks of medical marijuana use.
- We tailor your care to your individual need. No two patients are the same. We aspire to be the leader of medical marijuana treatment to help you to return a healthy and productive life.
- We are your consultants to explain the newest integrative treatment modalities, our doctor has vast scope of expertise in alternative treatments to bring to the table.