Over the weekend I was speaking with a fellow physician, whom does not participate in the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program (NJMMP), about recreational marijuana being legalized in New Jersey. As someone who keeps up with news, he is well aware of Governor Phil Murphy’s commitment to the medical marijuana and the reported challenges the medical marijuana community faces. But he wanted to know, what is it really like from an insider. I thought to share our conversation and my insight looking back over the past 2 years of being a certified physician in New Jersey’s medical marijuana program.
Maybe a family member has just enrolled in the medical marijuana program or has been a patient for some time, you just want to know how you can best support them. With the ever-changing regulations of medical marijuana program and a lot of misinformation out in the public, I have put together some tips to help you navigate the muddy waters.
Whether you’ve just been enrolled into the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program or you’ve been a member for some time, with the ever-changing regulations and misinformation in the public, you need to know how to navigate yourself as a medical marijuana patient.
As a patient enrolled in the New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program, it’s evident that you already suffer from a debilitating condition. However, have medical professionals attributed other chronic conditions, such as asthma, anxiety, headaches, fatigue, leaky gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, etc. as side effects of the originating condition? As a holistic physician as well as a certified physician in the NJMMP, my immediate reaction would be to test for mold sensitivity and reaction. And given that you are already a medical marijuana patient, the importance of good air quality is essential to your health and life.
Scientific research has uncovered many important properties of the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) and consequently, pharmaceutical companies are attempting to take advantage of the ECS to produce drugs that affect the Endocannabinoid System.
The legal status of cannabis has evolved over the last 20 or so years. California was the first state to allow the use of medical marijuana with the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. Currently, 29 states (plus Washington DC) allow the use of medical marijuana and 9 states permit the use of recreational marijuana. Finally, in 2018, eight decades after being misclassified as a dangerous, useless drug, the FDA has approved the first marijuana plant-derived drug, Epidiolex.
Anxiety is a very common complaint amongst chronically ill patients and can have devastating effects on your quality of life. Anxiety can negatively impact appetite, sleep, work, relations, and over time contribute to worsening states of health.
A dysfunctional, impaired immune system is a contributing factor to all chronic inflammatory diseases. Therefore, one of the most effective ways to reduce inflammation in your body is by improving the functioning of your immune system. The endocannabinoid system has myriad effects on how your immune system functions.
Chronic pain is the most consistently accepted indication for medical marijuana. Every state in the US that has a medical marijuana program approves cannabis for chronic pain relief. Moreover, chronic pain is the most commonly cited reason for the medical use of cannabis. The first recorded use of cannabis for pain dates back to ancient China 2900 B.C. and has been used in many cultures all over the world including India, China, and Europe. Cannabis began being used for pain in the United States at the turn of the 19th century.
Marijuana, its legalization, its legitimacy as medicine, and its surrounding controversies are constantly in the news. While the medical marijuana conversation seems current, cannabis or marijuana has been used medicinally in the United States since the mid-1800’s until 1937. The depth of use of cannabis for symptom relief was so common that cannabis was listed as a recommended treatment in the Merck Pharmaceutical Manual for many ailments.