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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Schwartz Medical Group

Primary Care Practice & Medical Marijuana Doctors located in Norwood, MA

Schwartz Medical Group in Norwood, Massachusetts, has been approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to certify patients for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program. The experienced team of providers, led by Melvin J. Schwartz, MD, recognizes the benefits of medical marijuana for those patients with qualifying conditions and debilitating symptoms. To get started with your certification process, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana involves the use of the marijuana plant or its derivatives to treat various health conditions. Marijuana contains chemicals called cannabinoids, including cannabidiol (CBD) and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). 

These chemicals interact with your body’s own endocannabinoid system, which is a cell-signaling system that assists in the management of many body functions, including sleep, pain, mood, and appetite.

The cannabinoids in medical marijuana have varying effects on the body and may alleviate symptoms of chronic health conditions to improve quality of life.

The team at Schwartz Medical Group sees the benefits of medical marijuana and provides certification for patients who qualify for the Medical Use of Marijuana Program in the state of Massachusetts.

What are qualifying conditions for medical marijuana?

The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana are determined by the state. The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana include:

  • Cancer
  • Glaucoma
  • PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Fibromyalgia

The rules and regulations also note that any debilitating conditions determined by the certifying provider are also qualifying conditions. Debilitating conditions may include wasting, weakness, chronic pain, nausea, or any other condition that progressively limits your quality of life.

What happens before my medical marijuana evaluation?

When you contact Schwartz Medical Group to schedule your medical marijuana evaluation, the team requests that you gather copies of your medical records that include details about your diagnosis, medical history, and treatments. 

Your medical records must also have any written reports, MRIs, X-rays, CT scans, and other diagnostic tests or studies that may help qualify your certification for the medical marijuana program. 

Though medical records are easy to get, it may take time for your primary care provider and other medical specialists to process the request. You must bring all of these medical records to your initial evaluation. 

If you don’t have any medical records, the team at Schwartz Medical Group can provide requests for diagnostic testing to confirm your diagnosis. 

What happens during my medical marijuana evaluation?

During your medical marijuana evaluation, your provider at Schwartz Medical Group reviews your medical records and diagnostic testing. They also ask detailed questions about your symptoms and medical history.

If you have a qualifying condition, your provider gives you the certification and a PIN number so you can register with the program. Schwartz Medical Group provides certification renewal as well. 

To schedule your medical marijuana appointment at Schwartz Medical Group, call the office or book an appointment online today.