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Medical Marijuana Specialist

Spring Valley Internal Medicine

Internal Medicine located in Washington, DC & Bethesda, MD

Marijuana may not be legal in every state, but it’s generally approved for use for certain medical conditions in Washington, DC, and Maryland. At Spring Valley Internal Medicine in Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland, the team performs evaluations of your physical and mental pain that can qualify you for medical marijuana use. The practice follows regulations put forth by the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission (MMCC) and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as DC laws. If you have a chronic condition that could be eased with the use of medical marijuana, contact the practice by phone or use the online tool.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What conditions qualify for medical marijuana use?

Medical marijuana is approved for use for a number of conditions. If you think you could benefit from a prescription, contact Spring Valley Internal Medicine.

Conditions that may qualify for medical marijuana include:

  • Anorexia
  • Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Severe loss of appetite
  • Severe nausea
  • Severe or persistent muscle spasms

Your doctor at Spring Valley Internal Medicine may also recommend medical marijuana if you have a severe condition that hasn’t responded to other, more conventional treatments.

How does medical marijuana help?

The active chemicals in medical marijuana are known as cannabinoids. These are similar to chemicals your own body produces to help with appetite, movement, memory, and pain relief.

Cannabinoids in marijuana can:

  • Reduce anxiety
  • Control nausea and vomiting, especially when caused by chemotherapy
  • Kill cancer cells and slow cancer growth
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain
  • Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis
  • Stimulate appetite and help with weight gain

Your provider at Spring Valley Internal Medicine evaluates your case to determine if medical marijuana could help your quality of life and well-being.

Should I be worried about the legality of medical marijuana?

Marijuana is legal in Washington, DC, and approved for medical use in Maryland. If you’re approved for medical marijuana use, the team at Spring Valley Internal Medicine provides you with the appropriate documentation.

Don’t let embarrassment or stigma keep you from exploring medical marijuana as an option for your ailments, either. Marijuana can be a valid and safer option than opiates and is a good alternative to over-the-counter pain medications that can cause ulcers or other side effects.

How do I receive clearance for medical marijuana use?

For your appointment at Spring Valley Internal Medicine, you need to bring in a current government-issued ID and any past medical records, if you have them, to help the team evaluate your condition and approve you for medical marijuana use.

Your provider performs a thorough medical history and physical exam. You must be 18 or older to undergo a medical marijuana evaluation.

To learn more about qualifying for medical marijuana use, call Spring Valley Internal Medicine or book your appointment online.