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Medical Marijuana FAQ

What is Cannabis?

Cannabis, often referred to as 'weed,' is the name for a species of plants, and is classified as a vegetable.

What is Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana, abbreviated as 'MMJ,' is cannabis containing a THC content greater than 0.03%.

What is Hemp?

Hemp is cannabis containing a THC content equal to or less than 0.03%.

What is THC?

THC, or Tetrahydracannabinol, is a naturally occurring psychoactive compound in cannabis. THC is responsible for the mind altering "high" that patients experience when using cannabis.

What is CBD?

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is a naturally occurring non-psychoactive compound in cannabis. CBD is highly regarded for its sobering therapeutic benefits that patients experience when using cannabis.

What is the difference between Sativa, Indica, and Hybrid?

All three varieties are a subspecies of the cannabis genus. The sativa variety produces an uplifting, cerebral, and energetic effect, whereas the indica variety produces a calming, full-body, sedative effect. The hybrid variety produces a combined effect, and varies greatly based on strain lineage. Hybrid varieties are commonly measured by percentage of sativa to indica (i.e. 70/30), however the most alluring hybrid strains are 50/50.

Is Hemp legal?

Yes, and No. It is federally legal to import, possess, and process hemp. In some states, the cultivation of hemp is legal for research and development purposes. In Colorado, the cultivation and sale of hemp is permitted with a commercial license from the Department of Agriculture.

Is Medical Marijuana legal?

Yes, and No. It is federally illegal to cultivate, possess, or process marijuana. In some states, marijuana has been legalized for medicinal purposes. In Colorado, marijuana has been legalized for both medicinal and recreational purposes, and is strictly regulated by the Colorado Department of Revenue, per the Marijuana Enforcement Division.

Do I qualify for Medical Marijuana?

Medical Marijuana is currently only available to patients suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, cachexia, persistent muscle spasms, seizures, severe nausea, and severe pain. Recreational Marijuana is available to adults 21 years of age or older.

Is Medical Marijuana safe?

When cultivated organically by professionals, in a licensed space, without the use of harmful chemicals, medical marijuana is generally regarded as being safe to use. Consider asking these questions about each individual strain the next time you visit a dispensary:

  • Was it grown in-house, or is it wholesale? If it is wholesale, where is it from?

  • May I see the ingredients list? Does the list include all chemical treatments?

  • Was it grown in soil? If it was not grown in soil, how is this organic/veganic?

  • How many days was it flushed before harvest? How many days has it cured?
  • How do I consume Medical Marijuana?

    Vaporization is currently considered the safest way to consume medical marijuana. Infused products offer a discreet alternative to vaporization, however it is recommended that you use caution when medicating with edibles for the first time, because the onset of the desired effect can be delayed up to two hours. The onset, dosage, and duration of edibles will vary from patient to patient, based on their metabolism, food intake, and numerous other factors.

    How do I purchase Medical Marijuana?

    After receiving your Medical Marijuana Registration Card in the mail, also known as a 'red card,' you will be able to access any state-licensed dispensary, in order to purchase medicine. There are currently over 600 dispensaries in Colorado. If you have chosen not to designate a primary caregiver on your medical marijuana application, you may grow your own at home.

    How do I get my red card?

    If you are seeking an evaluation for medical marijuana (MMJ), you must have a qualifying condition, medical records, and be 18 years of age or older. We do not require medical records if you are 31 years of age or older. You will need a Colorado ID. If you have just moved to Colorado from another state, you will need to meet the residency requirements set fourth by the CDPHE. For more information about establishing and proving residency, click here. Ready to schedule an appointment? Not sure if you qualify? Call 720-669-8695 now to speak with us directly!

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    Pain Management FAQ

    Do I qualify for Pain Management?

    You must be seen on a monthly basis. Patients under 31 years of age must additionally provide medical records. Not sure if you qualify? Call us with questions at 720-669-8695.

    When should I take pain medication?

    Don't wait until pain becomes severe to take pain medication. Pain is easier to control when it is mild. You should take your pain medication regularly, just as prescribed. Sometimes this means taking medicine on a regular schedule, even when you don't feel pain.

    Will I become addicted to narcotic pain medications?

    Not necessarily, if you take your medication exactly as prescribed. A person's likelihood of becoming addicted depends, in part, on his or her addiction history. Addiction is less likely if you have never abused drugs or had an addictive disorder. Ask your doctor about any concerns you may have.

    Why do I need to keep taking more of my medicine to have the same effect?

    This situation occurs when you have developed tolerance to a drug. Tolerance is a normal physiological response to narcotics and occurs when the initial dose of a substance loses its effectiveness over time. Changing the dose or the medication often solves the problem. Just because you have become tolerant to a drug does not mean that you are addicted to that drug.