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What is Medical Marijuana?

As Missouri recently passed an amendment stating that state-licensed physicians can now recommend marijuana for medical purposes, a lot of questions have been raised. What is marijuana? How does it affect the body? Does that make recreational marijuana legal? How can medical marijuana be obtained? Elite Pain Management is here to answer your questions!

Medical marijuana is used by patients with serious medical conditions, and comes from the marijuana plant. The plant has 100+ chemicals that have differing effects across the body, although the main chemicals are THC and CBD. THC is what makes people feel the ‘high’ from the plant.

Chemicals the plant has within it (cannabinoids) mimic chemicals the body produces naturally that involve things like movement, memory, and pain. Using medical marijuana has been related to reducing anxiety, relieving pain, helping with nausea, as well as even killing cancer cells in some cases.

As of the time we publish this post (6/1/2019), there are 33 states that allow medical marijuana, with an expectation that more will follow suit as medical marijuana becomes more common. However, it’s important to note that recreational marijuana is NOT legal here in Missouri, and getting a medical marijuana ID card does not mean that it is legal for you to obtain recreational marijuana.

To receive medical marijuana, you must have a qualifying medical condition (which you can find here: https://elitepainmanagement.md/medical-marijuana-certifications-springfield-mo/). You must visit a state-licensed physician (yes, Elite Pain Management can do your evaluation!) and, if approved, will apply for an ID card starting July 4, 2019. Once your application is approved and you have your ID card, you may then purchase medical marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary. We anticipate that medical marijuana will be available to purchase sometime around January 2020 or after.

It’s important that you bring all of your medical records during your first visit to Elite Pain Management in order to be qualified by one of our physicians for an ID card application. You must also be a Missouri resident and have a valid Missouri ID. Please give us a call if you have any more questions related to medical marijuana, or would like to schedule an appointment for your evaluation today!

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