Great physicians empower their patients to find solutions that can enhance their overall well-being. Maryland allows physicians to recommend medical cannabis for a variety of conditions which include:
- Severe or chronic pain
- Severe Loss of Appetite
- Cachexia, anorexia, or wasting syndrome
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in a patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care; or
- A chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or the treatment of a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that produces:
• severe or chronic pain;
• severe nausea;
• seizures; or
• severe or persistent muscle spasms.
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The provider-patient relationship is the cornerstone of the Maryland program and serves to allow patients access to relief through medical cannabis. Approved practitioners can recommend patients for medical cannabis, a process that begins by registering with the state’s medical cannabis commission. In Maryland, licensed providers can include physicians, dentists, midwives, nurse practitioners, and podiatrists.
A legal distinction for practitioners to note is that they are not “prescribing” medical cannabis as it is still a Schedule I substance at the federal level. Rather, the distinction is that through the state’s system, approved practitioners may “recommend” medical cannabis.Register here
Cannabis is an ancient remedy used for several millennia. However, recent studies continue to provide greater scientific basis for its healing properties and new studies being conducted around the world are showing a wide range of medicinal attributes. Below are a few sources that can serve as a gateway to the wealth of research that is rapidly becoming available.