Marijuana therapy has existed for thousands of years. Its medicinal use has been difficult because it can be hard to separate medical science from the mythology and folklore of this addictive drug. In the United States and much of the world, legitimate research has been inhibited by its legal status. Now, as many states have legalized its recreational and medicinal use, the fact that it is still illegal federally makes it difficult to study.
At VidyaMed, in states where Marijuana and its deriviates are legal, our physicians have done their best to sort through available literature to seek out medicinal derivatives of Marijuana that can help with chronic pain, neuropathy, mental illness, nausea, wasting and cachexia.
Cannabis can highly effective in treating pain and inflammation in many people. It does this by working with the endocannabinoid system, which has a role in pain and inflammation.
The cannabis has containing over 400 active chemicals. The unique active components of cannabis are called cannabinoids which are found alongside active chemicals called terpenoids or terpenes and flavonoids. These chemical components work together to provide a wide variety of therapeutic benefits to the human body.
There are over 100 different cannabinoids that can occur in cannabis but two most well known compounds in the cannabis plant are delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, and cannabidiol, known as CBD.
THC is the primary psychoactive component of cannabis which gives the effect of what recreational users call the “high.” CBD is considered to be non-psychoactive and when used in conjunction with THC helps dampen the psychoactivity and other side effects some people consider undesirable.
After a consultation, your physician will determine the optimal mix of these components to allow you to improve your quality of life and reduce side effects. Using our special Symptom Scored software, we can monitor your symptoms and side effects to find the right therapy for you. Like all therapies, our goal is to improve your quality of life with the lowest medication doses possible. We then work with you to find the right time to stop any therapy when you no longer need it.
In Maryland, a patient must be certified by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission. Qualifying medical conditions include cachexia, anorexia, wasting syndrome, severe pain, severe nausea, seizures, severe or persistent muscle spasms, glaucoma, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain.
The requirements for issuing a written certification for medical cannabis are:
Maryland law defines a bona fide physician-patient relationship as a treatment relationship in which the physician reviews the patient’s important medical records, completes an assessment of the patient’s medical history and symptoms, creates and maintains medical records, expects to monitor the patient and takes any indicated action to follow up.