Medical Marijuana Specialist

Green Med Cards

Alternative Medicine Practitioner & Medical Marijuana located in College Park, MD

Medical cannabis is one of the most dynamic and rapidly growing fields in medicine today, and now is available to residents of Maryland. Green Med Cards in College Park, Maryland, offers medical cannabis as a treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Medical cannabis carries a few of the side effects that often accompany traditional medications. If you’re interested in medical cannabis, call Green Med Cards today or schedule an appointment online.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis uses the cannabis plant, often called marijuana, as a therapy for a wide variety of conditions and disorders. Medical cannabis may involve use of the whole cannabis plant or the use of its isolated components.

The two most commonly used chemical components of cannabis are delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). While THC can cause the feeling of intoxication that people often associate with cannabis, cannabidiol is completely non-psychoactive.

Do you have to smoke medical cannabis to use it?

No. Medical cannabis comes in many forms. In addition to whole plant cannabis, which can be smoked, there are a wide variety of alternative forms of cannabis that can be taken in other ways.

Some of the most common ways to administer medical cannabis include:

  • Smoking
  • Using a vaporizer, which converts THC and CBD into a fine mist that you can inhale
  • Eating it, such as an edible product
  • Applying it topically to the skin, in a lotion, spray, oil, or cream
  • Placing a few drops of a liquid solution under your tongue

The method you choose can affect how long you feel the effects of cannabis, as well as how quickly you begin to feel these effects. Vaporizing or smoking cannabis begins working almost immediately, while edible cannabis often takes longer to begin working but lasts much longer.

What is medical cannabis used for?

Medical cannabis can be used for a wide variety of conditions, including:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Appetite loss
  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Eating disorders, including anorexia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Mental health disorders, including schizophrenia, depression, and PTSD
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Pain
  • Wasting syndrome (cachexia)

More specifically, cannabis can usually help with:

  • Reducing anxiety, especially when caused by other medical conditions
  • Reducing inflammation and relieving pain
  • Controlling nausea, especially during treatments like chemotherapy
  • Relaxing muscles and relieving spasms due to neuromuscular disease
  • Stimulating appetite and fighting weight loss in people with cancer or AIDS

Medical cannabis can be used in place of some traditional medications, or in addition to them, depending on your condition. It has few side effects, usually causing bloodshot eyes, elevated heart rate, or lowered blood pressure.

If you’re interested in how medical cannabis can help you, call Green Med Cards today or make an appointment online.