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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Jivana Care -  - Family Medicine

Jivana Care

Family Medicine located in Bethesda, MD

From severe, chronic pain and nausea to persistent muscle spasms, medical marijuana can treat a wide range of conditions. Family physicians Gezzer Ortega, MD, and the team at Jivana Care prescribe medical cannabis in Bethesda, Maryland. To find out if medical marijuana can treat your health issue, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q&A

What is medical marijuana?

Also called cannabis, marijuana is a derivative of the Cannabis Sativa plant that has a long history of medicinal use. Medical cannabis is legal in many states, including Maryland, for the purposes of relieving severe and difficult-to-treat symptoms.

Medical cannabis comes in many forms, including:

  • Dried leaves and buds for smoking
  • Distilled oil for vaporizing
  • Oral tinctures
  • Suppositories
  • Edibles
  • Pills

Topical products like salves, creams, and bath soaks are also available to help with symptoms like muscle and joint pain.

How does medical marijuana work?

There are many active compounds in Cannabis Sativa, but the two that are most medically significant are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). 

THC is a psychoactive compound responsible for the euphoric, high feeling people experience when they use cannabis. CBD is also psychoactive, but without the high feeling that THC causes. For this reason, some people prefer medical marijuana products that contain only or mostly CBD. Other effects of THC and CBD included reduced pain and inflammation.

What conditions can medical marijuana treat?

Studies show that medical cannabis can treat a broad range of conditions, but the specific approved conditions vary from state to state. In Maryland, you can get a medical marijuana prescription for the following conditions:

  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia
  • Wasting syndrome
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe nausea
  • Seizures
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

The team at Jivana Care may prescribe medical marijuana if you have a different chronic condition for which other treatments have been ineffective.

How can I legally obtain medical marijuana?

Medical cannabis is legal in Maryland for adults 18 years of age and older, and for minors who have a designated caregiver. Only a parent or legal guardian who’s 21 years of age or older can serve as a caregiver for a minor patient.

After registering as a patient with the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC), you need to see the team at Jivana Care. They review your symptoms and medical history and perform a physical exam to determine whether medical cannabis is an appropriate treatment for you. If so, they provide you with a written certification.

Then, you print a temporary MMCC patient ID card, which allows you to visit a licensed Maryland dispensary to purchase medical cannabis.

To learn more about how medical marijuana can help you, call Jivana Care, or book an appointment online today.