Frequently Asked Questions - Medical Cannabis MN
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is medical cannabis, or medical marijuana?

Medical cannabis, also known as medical marijuana is a very useful medicine that is derived from a plant just like most modern medicines used today. It has two primary active ingredients: THC and CBD.

The preparations vary from primarily THC to primarily CBD to a mixture of the two. Depending on your medical condition and your individual situation, the pharmacist will help you decide what is right for you.

How does this medicine help?

Most people don’t know that the body has a natural cannabis system called the endocannabinoid system. Just like the nervous system, the lymphatic system, the endocrine system, etc., it is a complex system of molecules and receptors. There are natural molecules that stimulate these receptors. These molecules are similar to the molecules found in cannabis. Medical cannabis stimulates those receptors in various parts of the body – brain, intestine, immune cells, etc. and can provide a whole host of benefits.

Is the use of medical marijuana safe?

Like other medicines that come from plants, it is made safer for the patients by making it into forms that have measured amount of active ingredients that can be monitored and adjusted.

Cannabis has been used for thousands of years in India and China and was used in Europe and the United States as far back as the 1800’s. It was written about in the respected medical journal, the Lancet in the late 1800’s and has been known as a treatment for migraines for that long.

Other examples of plant based modern medicines that are widely in use:

  • Opiates (hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone, etc.) are derived from the opium poppy plant
  • Aspirin from willow bark
  • Widely used antibiotic medicine Penicillin/Amoxicillin is derived from the penicillium mold
  • Digoxin (cardiac medication) is extracted from the foxglove plant The list goes on.

All of these medications stimulate or block a system in the body for their therapeutic effect, no different than medical cannabis or medical marijuana.

How do I take medical marijuana?

It comes in various forms - oral suspensions, tinctures, capsules, topical preparations and vaporizer pens.

What are the side effects of medical cannabis?

All medications have side effects. Medical cannabis is no different although the side effect profile of medical cannabis is fairly minimal compared to many other medications commonly used by patients, such as oxycodone.

Possible side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, euphoria, dysphoria, vomiting, psychosis, cognitive dysfunction, altered perception and reaction time, addiction, possible effects on brain development in children.

Do I qualify to get medical cannabis or medical marijuana?

According t the Office of Medical Cannabis at the Minnesota Department of Health, if you are a legal resident in the Minnesota state and are diagnosed with one of the qualifying conditions, you are eligible to receive medical cannabis (medical marijuana).

 

QUALIFYING CONDITIONS:

 

  • Cancer associated with severe/chronic pain, nausea or severe vomiting, or cachexia or severe wasting
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Tourette Syndrome Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Seizures, including those characteristic of Epilepsy
  • Severe and persistent muscle spasms, including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness, with a probable life expectancy of less than one year
  • Intractable pain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Autism
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea

 

See more on the website of the Office of Medical Cannabis at MN department of health.

You are welcome to ask your questions to our staff members or doctors as well during your visit to the Medical Cannabis, MN clinic.

How do I get medical cannabis?
  • You must have one of the qualifying conditions listed on the office of medical cannabis website.
  • Make an appointment with and get certified by a provider with our company.
  • We upload your information to the state of MN website.
  • The state of MN contacts you for further documentation and once approved you are added to the registry.
  • Once you are registered, the medicine can be obtained at any of the cannabis treatment centers across Minnesota.
Is it covered by insurance?

Unfortunately, most insurances do not cover it. For certification you can pay by credit card. Depending on your insurance you may be able to use your HSA card, but please check with your insurance carrier.

We are able to provide superbill if you would like to submit it.