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Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions

From nausea caused by chemotherapy, to joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, medical cannabis helps sooth symptoms caused by these conditions. There are several things to consider when understanding medical marijuana qualifying conditions.

Each day, more and more people are looking for a more natural replacement for prescription medications that may cause undesirable side effects.

There are somewhere around 400 chemical compounds in cannabis, more than 60 of which are special compounds known as cannabinoids. These bond with the system in our brain that interacts with naturally-produced cannabinoids. In every animal, these natural endogenous cannabinoids play multiple roles, affecting mood, appetite, memory, consciousness, pain response, blood pressure, and so much more!

The cannabinoids from marijuana tap into that same system, which is why the plant has such a panoramic effect. Learning and comprehending these components and how they interact is astonishing.

In as early as three months into their treatment, the majority of patients show significant improvement in tests of cognitive function.

Approved debilitating medical conditions include:

  • Chronic Pain related to musculoskeletal disorders
  • Chronic pain of visceral origin
  • Migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Terminal cancer
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease
  • Terminal illness, if the physician has determined a prognosis of less than 12 months of life.
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Dysmenorrhea

The following conditions apply, if the patient is resistant to, or intolerant to, conventional therapy:

The following conditions apply, if severe or chronic pain, severe nausea or vomiting, cachexia or wasting syndrome results from the condition or its treatment:

  • Positive status for human immunodeficiency virus
  • Acquired immune deficiency syndrome
  • Cancer

New Jersey Alternative Health Can Help

More and more research continues to come out regarding the benefits of CBD and medical marijuana in Northern New Jersey. Our specialized team of doctors can help find the right products for you so you can regain a higher quality of life. As soon as you have your registry identification card, you will be able to seek the products right for you.

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How CBD Helps Treat Anxiety

In moderation, anxiety is not a bad thing. It is our body’s natural response to coping with threats to our safety or wellbeing. Anxiety may help motivate us to make significant changes in our lives such as working harder, improving our relationships, or setting personal goals for ourselves. However, on the same note, too much anxiety can be crippling to day-to-day functionality. In fact, roughly 18 percent of the population, or 40 million adults, suffer from anxiety-related disorders. While prescription drugs work for some to treat anxiety, cannabidiol (CBD) continues to grow in popularity.

Unlike medical marijuana, CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is known to counteract many of THC’s negative effects and can help treat panic disorders, social phobia, PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, and more! New Jersey Alternative Health is the top choice for helping treat anxiety with medical marijuana in Northern New Jersey.

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Marijuana for Joint Pain

Believe it or not, many medical marijuana patients are Baby Boomers. Marijuana in general is often associated with youthfulness, but truth be told, those who are older than 55 are seeing amazing benefits from using medical marijuana. More and more scientific evidence is suggesting that marijuana works wonders for joint and chronic pain, a major symptom of rheumatoid arthritis. 

According to Medical News Today, chronic pain affects more people than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined, accounting for the most common cause of long-term disability in the US. While many doctors are often accustomed to prescribing traditional pain relievers, more and more patients are looking for alternative, more natural products to help ease their pain. Some studies on the effectiveness of cannabis as a form of pain relief for rheumatoid arthritis, noted that a significant analgesic effect was observed and disease activity was undoubtedly suppressed.

While medical marijuana is not typically a solution for post-surgical pain, it can be an option for long-term chronic pain. If you think you might be a candidate for medical marijuana for joint pain, contact your primary care physician and discuss your pain relief options. 

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A Quick Understanding of CBD & THC

The cannabis plant is quite complex. While many of us are familiar with marijuana, in recent years CBD has been becoming increasingly more popular, especially within the last year. The truth is, there’s a complex grey area defining all of these things. In short, the amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  is the defining factor for understanding which is right for you. Both CBD and marijuana contain amazing health benefits, but it may be hard to determine the best product for your needs.

Cannabidiol, most popularly known as CBD, can be extracted from a hemp or marijuana plant. Hemp is a plant in the cannabis family that contains less than .3% THC. THC is associated with the feeling of “getting high.” Any CBD extracted from the marijuana plant has much higher concentrations of THC, therefore is more likely to “get you high.” Hemp-derived CBD contains all the benefits of the cannabis plant, but with less than .3% THC, it doesn’t have any psychoactive effects. 

More and more products are hitting the market that are infused with CBD. They range of topicals, such as lotions, creams or salves to edibles, such as gummies, cookies, candies and even beverages. There are also tinctures, vapes, capsules and a variety of CBD extracts for consumption as well. 

Before purchasing and trying any CBD products, it’s very important to do your research. Make sure you are purchasing from a company where you can see where the hemp was grown and manufactured. This way you are able to examine the quality, purity and type of CBD you are purchasing. Please check your state’s regulations on hemp products, marijuana and CBD before purchasing. Currently, marijuana and CBD are still listed on the federal list of controlled substances.

If you think you may be a candidate for medical marijuana, please contact us here. 

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Benefits of Medical Marijuana

Just a few of the many health benefits of medical marijuana.

When marijuana is smoked, the lungs absorb the cannabinoids, the chemical compound produced by marijuana. The cannabinoids enter the bloodstream and make their way to the brain. Inhaled cannabinoids are absorbed quickly and diminish quickly, which means that the high from smoking marijuana does not last very long.

Topicals work because of the natural cannabinoid receptors people have in their skin. Lotions and balms will not usually get through the bloodstream but will stimulate receptors in the skin. This means that marijuana will give the same beneficial effects from the medicine without the euphoric effects of THC. Many people will consider this to be safer because it does not get a person high. This is false, topicals will usually not get through the bloodstream but that doesn’t mean they can’t. If there is a large enough THC content and the oils are able to break through the bloodstream it is possible for the person to get the same euphoric effects they would get from smoking it. Topicals are still to be used with safety and caution like any other marijuana product. Users should not operate any forms of vehicles or heavy machinery while on this medication because it can affect the person ability to drive or operate the machinery. If someone chooses to disregard these warnings, it can lead to injury, death, and/or fines and penalties.

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Indica vs. Sativa

If you aren’t familiar with the world of medical cannabis near Wayne, NJ, it can be overwhelming to navigate what products are right for you. At the very basic level, there are two different groups of cannabis strains: indica and sativa. The effects of each strain are perceived to be different, but these categories are not as definitive as they may seem.

Here is the perceived breakdown between the two different strains:
-Indica: physically sedating, which is ideal for relaxation
-Sativa: uplifting cerebral effects that are best paired with physical activity or social gatherings

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