Month: November 2021

Virtual Appointments for Medical Marijuana Cards

Have you wondered how you can get a medical marijuana card (MMP card) in New Jersey? You’ve come to the right place. At Alternative Health of New Jersey, we take the stress off of you, so you can focus on feeling your best. Can’t make it to our office? Alternative Health of New Jersey offers virtual appointments from the comfort of your own home. 

Here’s how our process works

  1. Contact us and schedule your appointment by calling (973) 200-8855 or by filling out this form
  2. Complete pre-visit paperwork and send medical records to our office
  3. Meet with the doctor (in our office or virtually through telemedicine) to review your medical history and confirm diagnosis 
  4. Complete your paperwork and submit it to the state
  5. Once the state approves your application (between 2-4 weeks), you’ll receive an e-mail that your card is ready. You pay the $100 fee to the state and obtain your card.
  6. Go to the dispensary of your choice and start reaping the benefits of medicinal marijuana! 

It’s as simple as that.  In New Jersey, your medical marijuana card is valid for 2 years and your prescription is valid for 1 year. 

How long is my medical marijuana good for?

Are you worried about your prescription or medical marijuana card expiring? Don’t! At Alternative Health of New Jersey we developed a special program where your annual renewal is paid monthly instead of paid in one lump sum. At Alternative Health of New Jersey, we take the financial stress away and offer worry free monthly payments over 12 months. A small monthly payment is all it takes to keep your prescription active so you never have to worry about being without access to medical marijuana. 

Ready to make an appointment?

We’re ready to join you on your mission to feel your best! Contact us today to schedule your appointment. We’re now serving the entire state with our telemedicine appointments! 

Same Day Certification Events!

Join Alternative Health of New Jersey at Rise Dispensaries for our special same-day certification events! Only July 24th at Rise in Paramus and July 31st at Rise in Paterson.

Saturday July 24, 2021 – Rise Paramus
12-3pm
145 NJ-4
Paramus, NJ 07652
973.996.4570

Saturday July 31, 2021 – Rise Paterson
12-3pm
196 3rd Ave #3C
Paterson, NJ 07514
973-440-2717

Potential patients should call the preferred dispensary to schedule an appointment. Taking new patients, transfers AND renewals.
**All patients will receive a bonus coupon upon sign up.

Patient must have previous diagnosis of qualifying condition in order to be eligible for the same day certification special.

The price is $195 – paid by cash. Alternative Health of New Jersey will do all necessary filing paperwork at this discounted rate (normally $249).

New Jersey Considers Allowing Medical Marijuana Patients to Home Grow

New Jersey Considers Allowing Medical Marijuana Patients to Home Grow

After years of hesitation, it appears that New Jersey lawmakers are starting to consider home growing for medical marijuana patients.

Currently home growing is banned in the state, punishable with jail time and fines. The two new bills recently introduced would reverse the ban and allow NJ patients to register as home cultivators with the ability to grow a certain number of mature and immature plants. The bill introduced by Senator Singleton aims to allow 4 plants of each. Many other states do currently allow home growing, so this would be a big step for New Jersey.

In addition to the home grow bill, Senator Singleton is also exploring a program to help subsidize the cost of medical marijuana for NJ patients.

It is important to note that all patients must be medically certified with a medical marijuana card before purchasing and growing medical marijuana in the future. Both of these bills aim to help minimize the financial cost for patients with financial need and help make medical marijuana more accessible.

Marijuana Topicals – How to Make a Salve

DIRECTIONS

  1. Decarboxylate your cannabis. (see recipe linked here)
  2. While your cannabis is decarboxylating, pour the 2 cups of coconut oil into a saucepan.
  3. Once your cannabis is ready, begin adding it to the coconut oil in the saucepan, slowly mix it together on low heat.
  4. After mixing for 20 minutes, remove the mixture from the saucepan. Place the cheesecloth over the jar and pour the cannabis and oil mixture and set to the side.
  5. Now, add the beeswax in your saucepan. Once fully melted, add your cannabis and oil mixture. Begin mixing gently with a spatula.
  6. Remove your saucepan from the heat and then add a few drops of essential oils (scent and brand of your choice).
  7. Stir well and then add into the mason jar. Let it sit at room temperature and harden.
  8. Enjoy feeling the amazing benefits of medical cannabis a topical!

An Important Message from Dr. Sachin K. Shah, Medical Director of Alternative Health of New Jersey

Dear Patient,

My name is Sachin K. Shah, MD and I am the medical director of Alternative Health of New Jersey. I am the physician who has been certifying and renewing your status as a New Jersey Medical Marijuana Program participant.

In November, New Jersey residents voted in favor of legalizing recreational marijuana. Just in the past few weeks, New Jersey’s State Assembly and Senate also voted in favor of this. On Monday, the Bill hit a roadblock. Governor Murphy and state lawmakers need to iron out how to handle penalties for underage use and how to approach the decriminalization process. Top lawmakers in the state are still not on board with a full decriminalization process, which means individuals can still be arrested for public use and possession of marijuana until further notice.

It’s important to understand there is a significant difference between recreational and medical marijuana. First off, the concentration and strains are very different, and those that are being used for medicinal use will only be available through medically approved, state approved dispensaries after being certified by a physician, like myself and the office of Alternative Health of New Jersey. While marijuana may be easier to find at some point in the future, it is important for you to work with a licensed medical doctor to follow your care where they can recommend different strains, amounts, or methods to use medical marijuana to ensure you find the most relief.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call our office. I wish you all a happy holiday, healthy and a COVID-free new year!

– Dr. Sachin K. Shah and the Alternative Health of New Jersey Staff

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New Jersey Legalized Marijuana for Adult Recreational Use – What it Means for Medical Marijuana Patients

Last night, New Jersey voters overwhelmingly backed Question 1 to permit the possession, sale and use of recreational marijuana for adults 21 years and over. About 67% of New Jersey voters voted in favor of this measure as of last night, now marking New Jersey as the 12th state to legalize marijuana.

So, what exactly does this mean for those looking to get their hands on marijuana who don’t possess a medical card? Well, don’t think you’ll be able to go out today and buy it legally and smoke it publicly without getting a ticket or possibly even arrested. It’ll likely be well over a year before recreational marijuana users can make those purchases, especially since additional dispensaries will need to be added in order to ensure medical users still have access to their supply. Additionally, you’ll notice the ballot did not contain any regulatory framework, which will be needed before we see anything circulating freely amongst New Jerseyans. As of now, it will be up to the discretion of the Legislature and CRC (Cannabis Regulatory Commission) to act swiftly. The CRC has been managing the market for medical marijuana in the state, and now will be responsible for managing the emerging recreational market. Next, the Legislature will need to take the steps toward creating new marijuana laws and steps for full decriminalization.

So what does this mean for medical users?

Rest assured, your marijuana access will not be compromised. While some state senators suggested using current medical marijuana dispensaries as a starting point for a brick and mortar beginning for recreational sales, it was quickly shut down by others, citing that the capacity of these medical dispensaries cannot handle the demand that personal use sales would bring, ultimately jeopardizing medical user’s access. In addition, medical marijuana quality and potency will always be steps above that of recreational marijuana. If you are holding off getting your medical card in hopes of being able to use it recreationally, you’ll likely be waiting quite a bit of time. While the Legislature can move quickly, we all know it does take quite some time to get all the framework outlined and passed. It is especially important for those seeking marijuana for medical issues to get seen by a doctor to ensure proper treatment. Self diagnosis and medicating is never a good idea.

If you believe you are a candidate for medical marijuana, send us a message or give us a call today!

Canna Powered Smoothie (RECIPE)

 

Canna Flour (RECIPE)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Remove all stems and seeds from the dried cannabis. Grind cannabis until it turns into a powder. You can use a coffee grinder for the best results.
  2. Sift the cannabis powder and flour together until it is mixed evenly. Store in a cool, dry place until you’re ready to use.
  3. For medicated recipes, use canna flour as you would regular flour.

Please be sure to keep your canna flour in a safe place in an air tight container and clearly labeled for your consumption/use only.

Canna Milk (RECIPE)

Canna milk is a great ingredient to keep in your fridge! From adding it to your morning coffee and oatmeal or trying your hand at unique recipes, using canna milk is an easy way to incorporate your medicine into your routine without changing much. This canna milk recipe is one of our favorites for getting started since it’s so simple and takes less than 2 hours from start to finish.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 Ounce Cannabis 
  • 4 Cups Whole Milk

Instructions

  • Decarboxylate your marijuana
  • Place in the oven on 240F for 40 minutes. Remove from the oven to cool.
  • Grind (or finely chop) your marijuana.
  • Place 4 cups of whole milk in a small pot on low heat. Add cannabis and let simmer on low heat for 60-90 minutes without it ever coming to a boil.
  • Strain it through a cheesecloth and allow it to cool.
  • Use it in your morning coffee, oatmeal or try making some great recipes, like canna ice cream!

Please be sure to keep your canna milk in a safe place in the refrigerator and clearly labeled for your consumption only.

Medicated Muffins (RECIPE)

One of the most discrete, and fun, ways to ingest your medical cannabis is through food! With all this extra time we are still at home, why not experiment with some cannabis-inspired baking? Here’s one of our favorite recipes for zucchini cannabis-infused muffins.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups grated zucchini
  • ½ cup melted cannabutter
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown or date sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts or pignolis (optional)

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350°F.

Step 2

In a bowl, mix together zucchini, melted homemade cannabutter, olive oil, and sugar. Once combined, mix in the eggs one at a time until just blended. Sift together all dry ingredients and mix into zucchini mixture. If you chose to add nuts, fold them in gently.

Step 3

Line your 12-count muffin tin with cupcake wrappers (get creative and make it fun!), and divide batter equally between each cup. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. The tops should spring back to the touch and appear slightly brown. Each muffin will have approximately 5-10 mg of THC, which is at or below the recommended beginner’s dosage. Remember, start slow. When ingesting/eating medical cannabis, it takes longer to feel. Be sure to go very slow if this is your first time baking edibles and eating them at home.

**Please be sure to keep these in a safe place and ensure they are marked for your consumption only**

Recipe Credit: https://www.myrecipes.com/extracrispy/the-only-pot-muffin-recipe-youll-ever-need