Medical marijuana is a substance extracted from the marijuana or cannabis plant. It comes as a pill or oil or can be eaten, inhaled, or smoked. Medical marijuana is effective in treating health problems like chronic pain and the side effects of some medications, particularly when other therapies aren’t helping.
Currently, marijuana is a Schedule I drug under federal law in the United States, which means it’s illegal. However, many states have now put their own regulations in place that allow medical marijuana use for specific purposes. Arizona has these regulations, enabling Dr. Aussems at Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic to prescribe medical marijuana for patients with qualifying conditions.
The following are the conditions listed by the Arizona Department of Health as qualifying for medical marijuana prescriptions.
Medical marijuana also has approval for use in patients who have chronic or debilitating diseases or medical conditions, or as a treatment for those conditions when they cause side effects such as cachexia or wasting syndrome, severe and chronic pain, severe nausea, seizures, or severe or persistent muscle spasms, including those that are characteristic of multiple sclerosis.
If you are a patient at Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic, and you have a qualifying condition, you and Dr. Aussems can discuss whether medical marijuana would be of benefit for you.
If Dr. Aussems believes medical marijuana could help, he can fill in a Physician Certification Form certifying that you have one of the debilitating medical conditions listed in the Arizona Department of Health permitted list. He can also recertify you for medical marijuana use if you previously obtained certification.
You also need to complete an online application on the Arizona Department of Health website as a Qualifying Patient and sign a Medical Marijuana Patient Attestation Form.
CBD is short for cannabidiol, which is available on prescription as an anti-seizure medication. CBD is derived from marijuana but doesn’t contain any of the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) that causes marijuana’s psychoactive effects.
In Arizona, CBD derived from hemp that has less than 3% THC is legal and doesn’t require a medical marijuana certificate.
There are possible benefits in using CBD for a number of health problems, and research is ongoing into CBD as a potential treatment for conditions such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, anxiety, and other serious health issues. CBD comes as an oil, extract, vaporized liquid, or capsule.
As the benefits of CBD use in men and women grow, CBD is expanding to pets as an increasingly popular treatment option. In pets, it is effective for a range of conditions, including seizures, arthritis, back pain, and gastrointestinal issues.
To find out more about CBD or discuss the potential benefits of medical marijuana, call Phoenix Anti Aging Clinic today, or book an appointment online.