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| Will the doctor at Medical Canna Clinic write a prescription for medical marijuana for me?
No. You won't need a prescription for medical marijuana. The doctors at Medical Canna Clinic will determine if you have a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. If you do, then you'll be given a letter certifying your condition. You will submit that letter along with your application to the Arkansas Department of Health. They will issue a medical marijuana card to you. Once you have your card, you will be able to go to a dispensary and buy the medical marijuana product that is right for you.
| I am on chronic pain medication. Will I need to tell the doctor who prescribes my pain medication that I will be using cannabis?
Absolutely! At this time (mid-2017) most pain specialists will consider the use of marijuana - medical or otherwise - as a violation of their narcotics contract and they may dismiss you from their practice. Always discuss your use of marijuana with all your doctors.
| Do I have to smoke marijuana to get benefit from it?
No. Medical cannabis (marijuana) comes in many forms. It can be smoked, eaten, applied to the skin, etc. Check with your local dispensary to discover all the many ways medical cannabis can be taken into the body.
| Will marijuana cure cancer?
The doctors at Medical Canna Clinic know of no scientific evidence that marijuana cures cancer. However, it is known that medical cannabis can help alleviate many of the symptoms of cancer and its treatment.
| What conditions are covered by medical marijuana?
The medical marijuana amendment specified the following
medical conditions as being eligible to be treated with medical marijuana (more may be added by the Department of Health in the future):
- positive status for human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV / AIDS)
- hepatitis C
- amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Tourette's syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- ulcerative colitis
- post-traumatic stress disorder
- severe arthritis
- Alzheimer's disease
Or, a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition, or its treatment, that produces one or more of the following
- cachexia or wasting syndrome
- peripheral neuropathy
- intractable pain, which is pain that has not responded to ordinary medications, treatment, or surgical measures for more than six (6) months
- severe nausea
- seizures, including without limitation those characteristic of epilepsy
- or severe and persistent muscle spasms, including without limitation those characteristic of multiple sclerosis
| Is medical marijuana safe?
It is difficult to answer that question statistically as the study of marijuana has been forbidden by the U.S. federal government. However, anecdotally, most any physician will tell you that it is exceedingly rare for a person to be admitted to the hospital for an illness related to marijuana use, while tens of thousands of people are admitted every day for diseases related to smoking tobacco and drinking alcohol. That being said, marijuana is a drug and as such should be used carefully and responsibly.
| Will I get addicted to drugs if I use medical marijuana?
The short answer is no. There is no clear evidence that marijuana is addictive nor that it leads to the use of other "street" drugs.
| Will medical marijuana make me high?
Marijuana can alter a person's awareness. Different cultivars deliver different side effects. Some patients prefer to use topical cannabis, while others may want to ingest it in food or inhale it through smoking or vapors. Topical application of cannabis usually does not make a person high.
| How will I know which medical cannabis product is right for me?
At this time, deciding which product you should use and the method of administration (smoking, topical, oral) will be a process of trial and error. Medical Canna Clinic recommends that you start slowly with small doses until you find the amount that gives you the most relief while avoiding any unpleasant side effects.
| Will my office visit and my purchase of medical marijuana products be covered by insurance?
Unfortunately, no insurance companies yet offer coverage for medical marijuana office visits or products.