What symptoms can medical cannabis treat?
Maryland has approved medical cannabis for the following conditions:
- Nausea, when traditional protocols fail
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Debilitating, or chronic pain
- Seizures or persistent muscle spasms
Or any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective and for which the symptoms can reasonably be expected to be relieved.
How do I purchase medical cannabis?
It must be purchased from a license dispensary. You must register with Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, and receive a recommendation from a registered doctor. Learn more about becoming a medical cannabis patient in Maryland here.
Is my doctor permitted to prescribe medical cannabis?
n Maryland, physicians do not prescribe medical cannabis. They recommend it. The formulation and dosage of medicine is determined by you and the dispensary. That’s why it’s important to work only with a dispensary where your medicine is selected by a licensed pharmacist or nurse.
Less than 300 Maryland doctors are registered at this time. Ask your personal physician first. If your doctor is unable to help, call us at 301-662-2222 or toll-free at 1-866- 696-3370 and we will suggest a registered doctor in your area. If you think medical cannabis is right for you, learn more about talking to your doctor here.
What's the difference between marijuana and medical cannabis?
Medical cannabis is grown under strict regulations with Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission oversight, whose standards are among the highest in the country.
There are more of than 82 possible active ingredients in medical cannabis, known as cannabinoids. Different strains produced under different growing conditions can vary in concentration of these cannabinoids. Therefore, the State independently lab tests every batch to prevent objectionable impurities.
On the other hand, illicit marijuana is typically grown without oversight and is illegal in Maryland. It is also not grown under laboratory conditions or tested to ensure undesirable purities are not present.
Medical cannabis’ cannabinoid content is modified to treat different symptoms. In fact, different patients with the same symptom often require different combinations. Generally, medical cannabis is formulated to deemphasize any hallucinogenic effect.
Do I just walk in?
Your first meeting will include a free medical consultation, during which the medicine and dosage will be determined between you and a trained medical professional. You will be taught how to use the medicine, how to evaluate its effectiveness and safety, and to understand the federal and Maryland rules that affect you. Consultation may take approximately one hour, therefore it is important to make an appointment with us first by calling (301-662-2222 or toll-free at 1-866- 696-3370).
Where are you located?
We are located in Frederick County, near the intersection of Buckeystown Pike and English Muffin Way, but have elected to not publish our physical address to maintain mutual privacy. Our facility is located in a medical office setting with onsite security. Call us (1-301-662-2222 or toll-free at 1-866- 696-3370) for an appointment and directions. We also offer home delivery, so there may not be a need to come to the dispensary, as we’re happy to deliver to you, anywhere in Central Maryland.
What if I'm anxious about walking into a dispensary or carrying cannabis out?
No worries. Our facility is in a medical office setting with onsite security. If you desire, when you arrive, call us (1-301-662-2222 or toll-free at 1-866- 696-3370). We will arrange for a security guard to meet you at your car and accompany you when you leave.
What are your hours?
We are open Monday through Friday 10AM to 5PM. There is always a registered pharmacist on site to speak with.
What if I live too far away?
Our pharmacist may be able to provide your initial consultation over the phone or even come to your residence. Once your consultation is complete, we can deliver your medicine to your residence.
What if I'm housebound or too frail to visit a doctor?
We have made arrangements with several doctors throughout the state, who will do an initial examination at your residence. Once your consultation is complete, we can deliver your medicine to your residence.
How much does it cost?
Doctors typically charge between $200 to $300 for their examination, though costs may vary. We do not charge for your in-dispensary consultation. At the present time, Maryland producers have not published their prices, which will vary based on the type of medicine and quantity required. Using other states as a model, medicine may cost between $180 and $550 a month. At present, no health insurance program provides reimbursement for either the doctor’s examination or the medicine itself.
What if I don't want to smoke?
Most medical authorities discourage smoking medical cannabis. Like cigarettes, they can irritate your throat and lungs, and all smoking can have adverse health consequences. Fortunately, medical cannabis is generally available in pills, capsules, oils, lotion, transdermal patches and other delivery methods. Your symptoms and personal preferences are all considered when selecting the right medicine.