Northeastern Medical can't anticipate every question, but this page will answer some of the questions many people have about the use of medical cannabis.
Medical & Recreational - What’s the difference?
Medical or medicinal cannabis refers to its use, not the type being consumed. However, not all cannabis or marijuana products get the user "high." Medical cannabis is for the treatment of an disease or its symptoms. Chemically, this is the same as recreational products.
What conditions does medical cannabis treat?
Acceptable medical conditions vary by state, but the most common are cancer, glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, rheumatoid arthritis, cachexia or wasting disease, and seizures. Many states allow use to treat Crohn's Disease, Hepatitis C, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and terminal illnesses.
CBD & THC - What's the difference?
CBD is nonpsychoactive, which means it does not produce a "high." Research has shown CBD may effectively treat epilepsy, anxiety and depression, and inflammation. THC attaches to receptors in the brain and affects motor coordination, appetite, pain sensitivity, and emotions. THC is used primarily to increase appetite and reduce nausea, but is also used to decrease pain, inflammation, and muscle control problems.
Can Northeastern patients smoke cannabis?
Smoking cannabis delivers the fastest effects, but it produces many of the same carcinogens as smoking tobacco. Many patients opt to consume marijuana infused food (edibles), lotions, tinctures, oils, and transdermal patches.
Doctors cannot prescribe cannabis as they do other medications because it is illegal federally. Doctors may "recommend" cannabis for patients with certain conditions, and may suggest certain forms of consumption.
Northeastern Medical believes only the patient can make the final decision about the best way to consume cannabis.
Is cannabis available in a pill or capsule?
Yes - Two pharmaceutical drugs containing synthetic THC have been approved by the FDA and are prescribed by doctors. Marinol is prescribed to treat nausea in cancer patients and appetite and weight loss associated with AIDS. Cesamet is prescribed to treat nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy.
Northeastern Medical is producing a cannabis capsule available to patients with a doctor's recommendation.
How long do the affects last?
Although THC and CBD can be detected in the body for up to 30 days, the affects can be very short-lasting and will vary from person to person.
Some people feel the affects from smoking cannabis for only a few minutes and others say it lasts for several hours. Both can be correct. Smoking affects everyone differently.
Edibles are different and can last much longer. The body's absorption rate is slower in the stomach than the lungs and some users feel the affects for 8 to 12 hours.
Adolescents with seizures can use CBD treatments as little as every 24 hours or even longer and some only use cannabis when having an active seizure.
What if I have other questions?
Northeastern Medical staff is available to answer most questions or find the right person who can.
If you have other questions, please contact us.