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Medical Marijuana Clinic Specialist

Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute

Board Certified Pain Management Physicians & Stem Cell Specialists located in Plainsboro Township, NJ

Chronic pain that's resistant to other treatments often responds to medical marijuana therapy. If you have a condition that's on the New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) list, contact Ronak D. Patel, MD, of Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute, with offices in Plainsboro Township and Manalapan, New Jersey. They welcome patients from both townships, as well as Hamilton and other communities. Dr. Patel is certified to prescribe medical marijuana and register patients into the MMP. Contact the office nearest you today. You can schedule a consultation or telehealth appointment by phone or online.

Medical Marijuana Clinic Q&A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a product made from the marijuana or cannabis plant. While recreational use of marijuana remains unlawful in certain states, New Jersey permits doctors to prescribe medical marijuana.

The full range of medical marijuana's potential benefits is the subject of ongoing clinical research. However, it's known to help relieve chronic pain, including pain resulting from nerve damage, and inflammation, reduce nausea, improve your quality of sleep, and relieve muscle spasms.

If you're experiencing symptoms like these and other approaches aren't helping, the Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute might suggest medical marijuana treatment.

What conditions can medical marijuana help treat?

In New Jersey, doctors can prescribe medical marijuana for patients suffering from the following neuromusculoskeletal conditions:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal pain
  • Migraine
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease)
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Muscular dystrophy

Medical marijuana can also be useful in treating a range of other conditions. New Jersey permits medical marijuana use for conditions as varied as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), chronic visceral (internal organ) pain, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), epilepsy, Tourette's syndrome, anxiety, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, and terminal cancer.

How can I get a prescription for medical marijuana?

Only certified doctors like those at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute can write medical marijuana prescriptions. You also need to register with the State of New Jersey Medicinal Marijuana Program (MMP) and get an MMP ID card.

To obtain a medical marijuana prescription in New Jersey, you need to have a qualifying condition as listed by the state health department. Medical marijuana is normally only considered as a treatment option when other approaches haven't relieved your symptoms.

If you fit the criteria and your provider at Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute believes medical marijuana is a good option, you take your prescription and ID card to an approved dispensary to collect your medicine.

What are the benefits of medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana is a natural product that has proven effectiveness. It's becoming an increasingly popular substitute for potent pain-relieving medications such as opioids.

The side effects of using medical marijuana are generally minimal. This is particularly true when compared to the potential side effects you could experience when taking opioid medications. Research indicates that medical marijuana is also less harmful to your liver and kidneys.

Another issue with prescription opioid use that's becoming a major public health problem is addiction and abuse. Medical marijuana seems to be far less addictive for patients for the long-term management of chronic pain.

Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute believes that for many patients, medical marijuana is a clear treatment choice when it comes to managing chronic pain. It allows patients to live with minimal discomfort and take a more rewarding, active role in their lives.

Find out more about medical marijuana by calling Regenerative Spine and Pain Institute today or book an appointment online.