FAQs2021-08-17T14:19:38+00:00

FAQS

WILL MEDICAL MARIJUANA MAKE ME HIGH?2021-08-13T13:28:42+00:00

Louisiana does not provide medical marijuana in a smokable form. Medical marijuana is dissolved into a concentrated liquid form of marijuana known as a tincture. The ratios of THC and CBD vary depending on the formulation. Your formulation and its effects will depend on your doctor’s recommendation. The tinctures (concentrated liquid forms of medical cannabis) are in small, 30ml glass jars with a stopper and may be administered orally. This is the quickest route to feel its effects for relief and to allow for accurate dosing.

When the cannabis concentration contains higher levels of CBD, it does not produce a “high”, but provides therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Medical marijuana/cannabis also contains THC, which is the primary substance for the plant, but also another component that provides therapeutic benefits, but has been reported to create a “high.” There have been reports of patients who consume 1mg and experience a “high” and symptom relief while another can consume more than 1700 mg and simply achieve relief.

According to John Davis, president of GB Sciences Louisiana, the company hired by LSU to grow the medical marijuana plant, there are three formulations of the medical marijuana. One formulation has a higher concentration of THC which has produced a high effect in some people. The other has a higher concentration of CBD and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect, will not make you “high” and provides relief for epilepsy, seizure disorder and forms of autism spectrum disorder. Another form contains a balanced formulation of CBD & THC and is usually recommended to patients with intractable pain, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy.

DO I QUALIFY FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA?2021-08-13T13:28:39+00:00

You must have a qualifying medical condition defined by Louisiana law to receive a recommendation for medical marijuana. Continue reading as those qualifying conditions are listed below. Every doctor isn’t licensed to write a recommendation for medical cannabis. In fact, as of August 2019, less than 100 across the entire state of Louisiana were authorized. Only doctors with a special license from the Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners may give medical recommendations.

Your medical conditions may authorize you to receive treatment with medical cannabis, but your physician isn’t licensed to issue medical cannabis recommendations or he isn’t a supporter of medical cannabis and maybe you don’t feel comfortable talking to your physician about medical cannabis. If this is your concern, then contact us as we are licensed to evaluate you, provide a medical cannabis recommendation and to get you access to medical cannabis if you qualify. It can be used as a treatment for symptoms for a variety of medical conditions, including:

Severe muscle spasms, PTSD, chronic intractable pain, spasticity, glaucoma, Parkinson’s disease, Crohn’s Disease, cancer, epilepsy/seizure disorder, certain types of autism spectrum disorder, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and Cachexia or wasting syndrome.

WHAT’S IN A CANNABIS PLANT?2021-08-13T13:28:36+00:00

Cannabis, also known as marijuana, pot, weed, and many other names, is the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. When the cannabis concentration contains higher levels of CBD, it does not produce a “high”, but provides therapeutic and medicinal benefits.

Medical marijuana/cannabis also contains THC, which is the primary substance for the plant, but also another component that provides therapeutic benefits, but has been reported to create a “high.” There have been reports of patients who consume 1mg and experience a “high” and symptom relief while another can consume more than 1700 mg and simply achieve relief.

According to John Davis, president of GB Sciences Louisiana, the company hired by LSU to grow the medical marijuana plant, there are three formulations of medical marijuana. One formulation has a higher concentration of THC which has produced a high effect in some people. The other has a higher concentration of CBD and doesn’t have a psychoactive effect, will not make you “high” and provides relief for epilepsy, seizure disorder, and forms of autism spectrum disorder. Another form contains a balanced formulation of CBD & THC and is usually recommended to patients with intractable pain, multiple sclerosis, and muscular dystrophy.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO OBTAIN A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATION?2021-08-13T13:28:32+00:00

If you bring medical records with a qualifying medical condition, then you will receive your recommendation the same day, while you’re at the appointment. Once your doctor has evaluated you and determined if you qualify for medical marijuana, he/she will immediately fax the medical marijuana recommendation to the licensed Pharmacy where you can go to receive your medical marijuana.

CAN YOU OVERDOSE IF YOU CONSUME TOO MUCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA?2021-08-13T13:28:28+00:00

It is not physically possible to consume the amount of cannabis necessary in the amount of time necessary to overdose. Essentially, you’d need to consume about 1,500 pounds of cannabis/medical marijuana within 15 minutes to induce any sort of fatal or lethal response. In short, it’s impossible.

CAN YOU GET ADDICTED TO MEDICAL MARIJUANA?2021-08-13T13:28:25+00:00

In severe cases, marijuana use disorder can take on a more serious addiction. The disorder itself is caused by the development of problem use of the plant. If someone uses cannabis very frequently and then quits, they often report up to 2 weeks of irritability, cravings, restlessness, trouble sleeping, decreased appetite, and other forms of physical discomfort. While the plant itself is not addictive, moderation for the plant is always ideal.

IS MARIJUANA A GATEWAY DRUG?2021-08-13T13:28:22+00:00

With statistics in states that have legalized cannabis indicating an opioid usage decrease after the plant became legal, it’s less likely that cannabis is a gateway drug. Though the stigma spoiled its reputation for decades due to prohibition ingrained into society, we now have a decade of legality to show the good side the plant has to offer.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT WAYS YOU CAN CONSUME MEDICAL MARIJUANA?2021-08-13T13:28:17+00:00

Louisiana Legislation has approved several forms of medical marijuana. However, the only available form of marijuana in Louisiana is tinctures. More forms are coming soon.

What are tinctures? Tinctures are dissolved concentrated medical marijuana. It is the most effective method to administer marijuana and the quickest route to feel its effects. The medical marijuana is dissolved and placed into 30ml glass bottles and administered orally with a dropper, which allows for quick and accurate dosing.

CAN MINORS RECEIVE A MEDICAL MARIJUANA RECOMMENDATION?2021-08-13T13:28:14+00:00

While minors cannot legally obtain marijuana themselves, patients that qualify for medical cannabis that are under the age of 21 may be able to have a designated caregiver, which is either a parent, legal guardian, or an individual designated by a parent or legal guardian. In some circumstances, an appropriate caregiver may be otherwise approved by the Department of Health. The designated caregiver must be present when the patient that’s under 18 consumes marijuana.

CAN YOU STILL PASS A DRUG TEST?2021-08-13T13:28:07+00:00

If you consume cannabis, there’s no guarantee you will pass a drug test, even if the plant is legal to some degree in your state. You will want to verify what the drug test is checking for, as you may test positive for THC in your system.

IS MEDICAL MARIJUANA COVERED BY INSURANCE?2021-08-13T13:28:04+00:00

Health insurance companies do not currently cover cannabis under their policies because the plant is still a Schedule I drug on a federal level. To decrease the financial burdens of patients seeking recommendations, we provide significant discounts on follow-up visits as well as military and educator discounts.

CAN A DOCTOR PRESCRIBE MEDICAL MARIJUANA?2021-08-13T13:28:01+00:00

A doctor cannot directly write a prescription for medical cannabis. They CAN, however, write an order for their recommendation that they deem you fit and qualified for medical cannabis. Your doctor issuing you a written certification or making that recommendation gives you the right to go a medical marijuana dispensary, purchase medical marijuana, and to self administer.

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