Frequently Asked Medical Marijuana Questions

Marijuana for Pain: How Does Marijuana Relieve Pain?

Marijuana for Pain How Does Marijuana Relieve Pain?   Modulation Along the Pain Pathways Today, I’ve decided to answer a question that I feel like my patients should be asking me, but don’t.  And, it may be because it’s just not something that’s at the top of a...

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Marijuana in the Workplace with Attorney Mitzi Vaughn

About a decade ago, the policies on marijuana in the workplace were pretty clear cut, evidence of marijuana use was grounds for termination. Boy, have times changed. With more and more states legalizing marijuana for medical and even recreational use, it’s not as...

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Could Medical Marijuana Replace Your Prescription Drugs?

Could Medical Marijuana Replace Your Prescription Drugs?  This question comes up a lot during my consultations.   I have patients coming in telling me that the prescription drugs that they’re taking aren’t working.  They’re getting side effects from the prescription...

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Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?

Is Marijuana a Gateway Drug?   I get this questions a lot especially from parents concerned about their teenage kids.  They’re worried that once their son or daughter starts using marijuana, even if it’s for medical reasons, he or she will go on to using other drugs,...

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Medical Marijuana Cures Cancer??? with Dr. Donald Abrams

I’ve been getting all sorts of questions about medical cannabis and cancer that ultimately boiled down to Does Cannabis Cure Cancer? So, I decided that not only did I want to give you my point of view, but I also wanted to bring in the perspective of a world renowned...

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Long Term Effects of Marijuana Use

What are the long-term effects of marijuana use? This is a really reasonable to ask.  When you’re using any medication, whether it’s marijuana or even prescription or over-the-counter meds, on a regular basis, it’s important to know the effect it’ll have on your body...

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Marijuana’s Effects on the Brain

I get a lot of questions that have to do with marijuana’s effects on the brain.  So, patients will ask me questions like, Does marijuana cause abnormalities in the brain? Does marijuana cause brain damage? Does marijuana kill brain cells? Really, I’m going to let the...

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Can You Overdose on Marijuana?

Can you die from an overdose on marijuana, even medical marijuana? It’s very highly unlikely to die from an overdose on medical marijuana for a couple reasons... 1. It has to do with the basic biology of the human body.  There are hardly any receptors for marijuana in...

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Is Marijuana Addictive?

Let’s talk about that big ‘ol scary concern that comes to mind when you think about marijuana...addiction.  First question that probably comes to your mind is...is marijuana addictive? Is Marijuana Addictive? How addictive is marijuana? How addictive is marijuana...

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Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana

  What’s the difference between hemp and marijuana? Today I'm going to answer another question I get asked a lot which is...What is the difference between hemp and marijuana? To answer this question I'm going to give you a tiny history lesson.  Back in 1971 a...

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Right Strain of Medical Marijuana

What’s the right strain of medical marijuana for my medical condition? A lot of times I get asked the question, Hey Dr. Patel, what’s the right strain of medical marijuana for my medical condition?  And you know what it's a difficult question for me to answer.  The...

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Minors

Does Dr. Patel see patients under the age of 18? She does, but minors need to be accompanied by a parent and/or legal guardian.  

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Growing Marijuana

How much medical marijuana can I grow and possess? Under Prop. 215, patients are entitled to whatever amount of marijuana is necessary for their personal medical use. However, patients are likely to be arrested if they exceed the SB 420 guidelines. SB420 sets a...

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Caregiver

What if I’m so sick that I can’t pick up my own medical marijuana? You can designate a caregiver to assist you.   What is a caregiver? A “primary caregiver” is a person who consistently assumes the responsibility for the housing, health or safety of the patient....

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Traveling with Marijuana

Can I fly with medical marijuana? I’m going to hand this one over to the TSA. Here’s what they say on their website. “TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other drugs. In the event a substance that appears to be marijuana is observed during security...

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Medical Marijuana Dispensary

Can I purchase marijuana medications from you? By law, I am not permitted to dispense marijuana medications. Can you recommend a dispensary that sells marijuana medications? By law, I cannot suggest a medical marijuana dispensary. What documents do I need to purchase...

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Understand a Medical Marijuana License

What's the difference between a medical cannabis (marijuana) card and a medical cannabis (marijuana) license? A medical marijuana card is an easy to carry representation of the document given to you by the doctor if you are approved for the use of medical marijuana....

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Marijuana (Cannabis) Prescription

What's the difference between a medical marijuana (cannabis) prescription and a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation? It's important to understand that what I issue are medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendations, not medical marijuana (cannabis)...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Card Renewal

What is a renewal? You'll notice that your medical marijuana card has an expiration date. Once it expires you have to get it renewed. How do I get a renewal for my medical marijuana (cannabis) card? The process is the same as last year. You come in and get...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Recommendation

What's a medical marijuana (cannabis) recommendation? A medical marijuana recommendation is a document that indicates that based on a physician's evaluation, he/she thinks that your medical condition may benefit from the use of medical marijuana. What's the difference...

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Confidentiality & Security

Does the fact that I have a medical marijuana card stay confidential? Much like any other patient-physician relationship, the relationship between a patient and a physician specializing in Medical Marijuana is bound by the same standards of confidentiality established...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Card

What's a medical marijuana (cannabis) card? It's a document that says that you have a medical condition that a licensed doctor, like myself, thinks will benefit from medical marijuana. This card allows you to enter any medical marijuana dispensary in the state of...

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What The Heck Are Cannabinoids?

Understand the basics about Medical Marijuana. Today, I'm delving into the topic of Cannabinoids. With the ever growing popularity of Medical Marijuana in the media, I'm sure it's a word you've heard in passing and wondered...What the heck are Cannabinoids? Well,...

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There Are Prescription Formulations Of Marijuana?

Yep. There are a handful of prescription formulations that contain imitations of the chemicals found in the marijuana plant that are available at any local pharmacy with a prescription from a physician. These are: Dranabinol (Marinol), Nabilone (Cesamet), Sativex...

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Our bodies make the same marijuana plant chemicals.

Understand the basics about Medical Marijuana Plant. You’re in for a surprise with the facts presented in this video. For one, you probably consumed cannabinoids as soon as you came out of the womb and even now, you’re probably consuming cannabinoids without even...

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Medical Marijuana (Cannabis) Evaluation

How do I get an evaluation for a medical marijuana (cannabis) card? Any doctor licensed to practice in California could evaluate a patient and issue a medical marijuana (cannabis) card. So, you could potentially ask your own doctor to evaluate you.  However, not all...

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