Medical Marijuana Certification Specialist

Genesis Natural Medicine Center -  - Integrative Oncology

Genesis Natural Medicine Center

Integrative Oncology & Naturopathic Medicine located in Tucson, AZ

For many people, medical marijuana provides the relief they need from a variety of chronic health conditions they’re unable to get from traditional medications. If you want to discover how medical marijuana might help you, and if you’re eligible for a medical marijuana certification, the expert team of physicians at Genesis Natural Medicine Center in Tucson, Arizona, can evaluate your medical records and determine your eligibility. Schedule an appointment online or by calling today.

Medical Marijuana Certification Q & A

What is a medical marijuana certification?

A medical marijuana (MMJ) certification is a state-issued identification card that allows you to obtain the medical marijuana you need to get relief from a variety of health conditions, including:

  • Cancer 
  • Glaucoma
  • Epilepsy
  • Agitation of Alzheimer’s disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hepatitis C
  • ALS
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe muscle spasms associated with multiple sclerosis
  • Severe chronic pain

Your doctor at Genesis Natural Medicine Center determines if you qualify for a medical marijuana certification on an individual basis. Everyone is different, and a diagnosis of one of the health conditions listed above doesn’t automatically qualify you for an MMJ card. Each state has its own guidelines and, fortunately, in Arizona, the law is beneficial to people with chronic health problems, so you can have access to effective, natural, safe MMJ treatments. 

What is the process for medical marijuana certification?

Before your practitioner can approve you for your MMJ card, they review your medical records from the past 12 months. These records include treatment you’ve received from your medical doctor, doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), or naturopathic physician. Records from your chiropractor, acupuncturist, or massage therapist do not qualify. 

After careful review, if your records indicate you may benefit from medical marijuana, your physician fills out and signs an official medical marijuana certification form. You must be a resident of Arizona and show proof of residency. With a completed form from your doctor, you can then complete your online application from the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS).

When you have completed your application and submitted your physician’s medical recommendation, you wait for approval from the ADHS. 

What are the benefits of medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is considered an ideal remedy for pain and symptoms associated with many types of chronic conditions because it has very few side effects. Generally, medical marijuana is also not addictive like opioids. You can usually take your dosage of medical marijuana in your preferred method, such as liquid, and your doctor can help you tailor the amount to suit your needs. 

Medical marijuana can help:

  • Reduce nausea
  • Reduce pain from musculoskeletal problems
  • Lessen eye pressure from glaucoma
  • Reduce the frequency of seizures
  • Reduce muscle spasms
  • Promote a restful night’s sleep

It’s also derived from a plant, so there are no synthetic chemicals in medical marijuana that can cause adverse side effects. When you get relief from pain and other symptoms from medical marijuana, you can enjoy an improved quality of life without worry that you’ll become addicted to your medication. 

Call to schedule an appointment today, or book a consultation online to learn more.