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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Heights Medical

Primary Care Practice & Internal Medicine located in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ

The compassionate team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, takes a proactive approach to medical care aimed at finding treatments that improve your quality of life. The primary care practice wholeheartedly believes in medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for a variety of debilitating medical conditions. To learn more about medical marijuana and how it may improve your quality of life, contact the office by phone or online today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana refers to the medicinal use of the marijuana plant, also known as the cannabis plant. Marijuana contains 100s of chemicals called cannabinoids. Your body also makes cannabinoids, referred to as endocannabinoids, that are used by your endocannabinoid system (ECS). 

The cannabinoids in medical marijuana interact with your ECS to create various health effects. Though medical marijuana contains 100s of cannabinoids, most research focuses on tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

THC is best known for its psychoactive effects, but for medical purposes, THC increases appetite and reduces nausea. It may also alleviate pain and inflammation, as well as muscle control problems. 

You won’t experience psychoactive effects with CBD. However, the cannabinoid may help reduce pain and inflammation, control seizures, and possibly treat mental illness and addiction. 

Am I a good candidate for medical marijuana?

The specialists at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical determine if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana during your evaluation. To participate in the Medical Marijuana Program, the state of New Jersey requires certification from a physician that indicates you have a qualifying condition.

The qualifying conditions for participation in the Medical Marijuana Program in New Jersey include:

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic pain of visceral origin
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Terminal cancer
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)
  • Terminal illness (prognosis of fewer than 12 months to live)

You may also qualify for the Medical Marijuana Program if you have a seizure disorder, intractable skeletal muscular spasticity, glaucoma, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that hasn’t improved with traditional medical treatment. 

What can I expect during my medical marijuana evaluation?

You can expect comprehensive and compassionate care when you come in to see the team at Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical for a medical marijuana evaluation. Before scheduling your appointment, the team requests that you fax your medical records to the office to confirm you have a qualifying condition.

During your evaluation, your provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and can talk to you about medical marijuana and how it may alleviate your symptoms. Your provider then certifies your diagnosis with the state. 

After submission of your request, the state sends an email verifying your application. You then make a payment, and your medical marijuana card is mailed to you. Once you receive your medical marijuana card, you can schedule an appointment with the dispensary of your choosing.

To schedule your medical marijuana evaluation, contact Osler Medical Group at Heights Medical by phone or online today.