Acceptance of medical marijuana is growing in the U.S., as it’s used to treat numerous health conditions. Its use is becoming more and more popular as new research develops. Dr. Kadie Leach is a skilled internal medicine physician who specializes in using medical marijuana when other treatment options fail. Call her office in Lanham, Maryland, to learn more or book an appointment online today.
Medical marijuana or cannabis refers to using unprocessed marijuana plants to treat symptoms and certain health conditions. While medical marijuana isn’t approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), chemicals found in marijuana called cannabinoids are FDA-approved for use in certain medications.
Medical marijuana is different from marijuana used to get high. It contains an extract from the hemp plant called CBD (cannabidiol). Unlike the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) form of marijuana, which has intoxicating properties, CBD marijuana strains often have few (if any) side effects.
Medical marijuana is used to treat symptoms related to various health conditions. If you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana, Dr. Leach may recommend it for the following conditions:
Pain control is the most common use of medical marijuana in the United States. It may not be strong enough to control severe pain, but is often effective for chronic pain associated with aging and certain diseases (such as nerve pain and multiple sclerosis). Medical marijuana is safer than opiates for pain relief, as it’s rarely addictive and isn’t a risk of overdose.
If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, medical marijuana may help you relax and sleep better. However, more research is needed in this area.
Studies continue to show that CBD may help treat childhood epilepsy, which is a disorder that causes violent seizures in children. Dravet syndrome, a form of childhood epilepsy, responds well to one CBD strain.
More research is needed, but medical marijuana appears to help treat addictions and certain mental illnesses. More specifically, it seems to be beneficial for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans returning from combat.
Dr. Leach determines if you’re a good candidate for medical marijuana based on your medical history and health status. She’ll go over the risks and benefits of using medical marijuana with you.
You may be a good candidate for medical marijuana treatment if you’ve not responded well to other therapies, including FDA-approved cannabinoids. Call Dr. Leach’s office to learn more about how medical marijuana may benefit you, or book an appointment online today.
First Time: 195.00
Follow Up: 80.00
Discount Price for Veterans and over age 65: $170
Booking Fee: $0
Length: 15 min
Insurance Accepted: No
Years In Practice: 30+