Medical Marijuana

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Medical Marijuana In Utah

Scientific studies that show cannabis is a safe and effective treatment for various medical conditions.  Utah passed Proposition 2 in 2018, allowing medical marijuana use for individuals who have a medical marijuana card. 

 

While there should not be any stigma associated with using cannabis as medicine, for some people, reservations still remain.  Rest assured, many common medications are based on plant components, inclucing penicillin, aspirin, digitoxin, and theophylline, for example.  The human body is full of receptors for various components of cannabis, called the endocanabanoid system. Terpenes, canabanoids like CBD, and THC (the part of cannabis that has affects your mood, memory, awareness, and sensation) interact with different parts of your cells and have effects that can benefit many different conditions.

 

Qualifying Conditions in Utah

  • Alzheimer's

  • Arthritis or Severe Joint or Nerve Pain

  • Back, Neck or Spinal Injury

  • Recurring Headaches or Migraines

  • Cancer or Terminal Illness

  • Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis

  • Parkinson’s Disease

  • Spasms or Other Debilitating Pains

  • PTSD

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

  • Pain lasting longer than two weeks that is not adequately managed, in the qualified medical provider’s opinion, despite treatment attempts using conventional medications other than opioids or opiates or physical interventions

  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

  • Persistent nausea that is not significantly responsive to traditional treatment, except for nausea related to:

    • pregnancy

    • cannabis-induced cyclical vomiting syndrome

    • cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

  • Epilepsy or debilitating seizures

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that is being treated and monitored by a licensed health therapist (defined here), and that:

    • has been diagnosed by a healthcare provider by the Veterans Administration and documented in the patient’s record; or

    • has been diagnosed or confirmed by evaluation from a psychiatrist, doctorate psychologist, a doctorate licensed clinical social worker, or a psychiatric APRN 

  • Autism

  • HIV or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome

  • A condition resulting in the individual receiving hospice care

  • Cachexia 

  • A rare condition or disease that affects less than 200,000 individuals in the U.S., as defined in federal law, and that is not adequately managed despite treatment attempts using conventional medications (other than opioids or opiates) or physical interventions

  • A condition that the Compassionate Use Board approves (once established) on a case-by-case basis

Visit in the Comfort of your Home or Office

  • Especially now, people prefer to avoid clinic visits to reduce exposure to coronavirus as well as to maintain their privacy.

  • We provide in-home evaluations from one of for medical cannabis cards to adults (21+) who qualify for medical marijuana therapy. Compassionate use evaluations are also done for those under 21 with a qualifying condition and for those over 21 who have a condition not listed above.**
     

  • Your initial visit is done in the comfort of your own home or office by one of our qualified providers, subsequent visits are done by telemedicine, for your safety and convenience. It is a requirement by the state that your first appointment is done in person, therefore telemedicine is not an option for your first visit.

How To Get Approved for Medical Marijuana

Getting a medical cannabis card in Utah is a simple process with a few key points.

  • You must be a resident of the state of Utah with a valid Utah ID. There is no age restriction.
     

  • You must have one of the approved conditions by the Utah Department Of Health.
     

  • You must see a Utah state qualified medical provider (QMP).
     

  • In addition, prospective medical marijuana patients will also need to register with the Utah Department of Health Medical Marijuana Registry and then they will be able to get their Utah medical marijuana card. We will always help our patients with this important step.
     

  • Once you are registered and approved by a physician, you can legally purchase medical cannabis from any licensed dispensary in the state of Utah.

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The following are the steps you need to take prior to getting your card

This link will take you the Utah Electronic Verification System-EVS.  Before you can apply for your Utah Medical Cannabis Card, the state of Utah requires you to create a Utah ID and submit an application in the state's EVS system. After your appointment, you will make your payment on the EVS website to the state of Utah for your card.  The fee for the card is currently $15.  Renewal fees are currently $5 at 90 days and $15 thereafter.

*you will need to register first and then complete the application. Once your application is completed it should say “awaiting certification”

 

You will find a link to the EVS website and patient guide to help you understand the process here

Why Choose Us?

Our initial consultations are approximately 30 minutes or longer, depending on how much time you require. We take our time with you and provide a great deal of education at our visits to help you gain a better understanding of the medicine behind cannabis. You will learn about terpenes (the actual medicine) and which terpenes are beneficial for a multitude of symptoms and disease. We will help direct you to products that will benefit your particular condition. You will also be taught about your endocannabinoid system, what it’s purpose is and how to take care of it in order to get the most from your medication. You will be receiving educational handouts via email and be able to contact us via email or text for further questions.

 

Our renewal appointments are 10-20 minutes depending on your needs and are all done via telemedicine. We will take the time to see how cannabis is working for you and continue to help guide you on your product choices and medicinal use.

 

Our QMP’s are extremely educated and knowledgeable regarding cannabis and will be able to answer all of your questions! 

 

15% discount for Veterans

10% discount for Seniors

 25% discounts available for home evaluations of 2 or more during the same visit.

*Discounts can not be combined

 

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Initial In home Consultation- $300

In office consultation- $225  (coming this summer to Saratoga Springs, UT)

90 day Renewal - $75

6 Month Renewal - $100

12 Month Renewal- $150

**CUB applications are an additional $50

*Once you have requested an appointment you will be sent a medical health questionnaire and consent forms that you will need to filled out and send back prior to your appointment. Any medical records you have can be sent through our secure email.

Other Useful Information

There are currently 14 medical cannabis pharmacies in Utah. Each dispensary has a pharmacist and or physician on hand to help identify a reasonable dose for you, as well as explain how to use the various forms of cannabis which are listed below. They are professionally managed and easy to work with.

You are allowed to posses up to:

  • 113 Grams of dry cannabis flower (4 ounces green bud) in tamper evident and resistant container that is opaque that contains a quantity that varies no more than 10% from the stated weight at the time of packaging

or 20 Grams of concentrated cannabis in the following forms:

  • Tablets/Capsules

  • Concentrated oil (Vaping Cartridge)

  • Liquid suspension

  • Topical preparation (Cream/Lotion)

  • Trans-dermal Patch

  • Sublingual Tincture

  • Gelatinous cubes (Gummies)

  • Wax or Resin (Shatter, Crumble, Rosin)

 

 

SMOKING OF MARIJUANA IS PROHIBITED.

 

The process of vaporizing and inhaling concentrated cannabis by placing the cannabis on a nail or other metal object that is heated by a flame, including a blowtorch is prohibited.

 

Unprocessed flower is legal in the state of Utah. You will need to purchase a vaping device for this.

 

Edible products such as candies, cookies, and brownies are not permitted under Utah law.

Important Information about Medical Cannabis Treatment 

Using Cannabis is Still Being Researched Existing studies show using cannabis products may or may not result in an improvement in your condition. The Food and Drug Administration has not approved cannabis use to treat medical conditions, and cannabis remains a federally illegal substance. However, healthcare providers in Utah are legally allowed to recommend cannabis for use by qualifying patients under state law. 

 

Cannabis is a term that refers to a variety of plants. Medical cannabis refers to specific chemicals obtained from a cannabis plant that may be medically helpful for some patients. The primary ingredients in medical cannabis that will be contained in products approved for use in Utah are THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). 

 

Common Side Effects The most common side effects of using medical cannabis products are dizziness, fatigue, dry mouth, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and nausea. Side effects are usually mild to moderate in severity and last only a few hours, but sometimes severe side effects occur. 

 

A person’s response to medical cannabis can depend on many things, such as the amount of THC and/or CBD in the product and other medications the person is taking. You should not take medical cannabis with other medications and/or substances that may cause drowsiness. Substances that may cause drowsiness include alcohol, sleep medicines, and antihistamines. If you have questions about side effects, contact a pharmacist at the medical cannabis pharmacy where you purchased the product, your recommending healthcare provider, or the Utah Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222. 

 

Start Low, Go Slow Every patient reacts differently to the chemicals in cannabis, specifically THC and/or CBD, so it is best to start with a low amount of cannabis and then increase the amount slowly over time until symptoms are relieved or side effects develop. Pharmacists at the medical cannabis pharmacies will follow this “start low, go slow” approach. 

 

Talk to the pharmacist at a medical cannabis pharmacy or your recommending healthcare provider about the best form and amount of medical cannabis for you and what to do if side effects occur. You may want to purchase a smaller supply of medical cannabis during your first few visits to a medical cannabis pharmacy until you learn how you respond to a particular cannabis product. Tell Your Healthcare Providers about the Medical Cannabis Product(s) You are Using Medical cannabis may interfere with other drugs you are taking. Make sure to tell all of your healthcare providers about the medical cannabis products you are taking. Your healthcare providers may need to conduct blood tests or adjust the amounts of other medications you are taking. It is especially important to tell all of your healthcare providers when you are going to receive anesthesia or major sedation in an office or operating room. Cannabis use can increase the amounts of the medications you may need for sedation or anesthesia. 

Medical Cannabis and Other Medications 

Risk of Impairment when Driving and Operating Machinery 

Risk of Dependence and Addiction 

Risk of Excessive Vomiting 

Risk for Use by Persons with Heart or Liver Disease 

Risk for Use by Individuals Younger than Age 22 

Risk for Use by Women Who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding 

Risk of Mental Illness 

Keep Medications Secure and in Their Original Containers 

Use Medical Cannabis Legally 

Medical Cannabis and Other Medications 

Do not take cannabis if you are taking Cilostazol (Pletal), Clopidogrel (Plavix), Clobazam (Onfi or Sympazan), or Citalopram (Celexa). Several other medications will require careful monitoring by your recommending healthcare provider; Warfarin (Coumadin) is one such medication. Be sure to talk to your recommending healthcare provider about other medications you are taking. 

 

Risk of Impairment when Driving and Operating Machinery 

Using medical cannabis can affect perception, reaction time, motor skills, and attention in ways that make it dangerous to drive or operate machinery. The length and severity of this kind of impairment changes from patient to patient and depends on multiple factors. Impairment is more common when taking medical cannabis products with higher THC content. Drinking alcohol while taking medical cannabis worsens the impairment. 

 

Risk of Dependence and Addiction 

Using medical cannabis could lead to cannabis dependence. The risk of developing a cannabis-use problem is higher with products that are higher in THC content, and for people who already have a substance use disorder or have had one in the past. Medical cannabis should be used with caution and with input from your healthcare provider, especially if you have a substance use disorder. Among heavy, regular users of cannabis products (whether or not they are medical), stopping use abruptly can lead to withdrawal symptoms. The risk of withdrawal symptoms for medical cannabis products varies by product content (THC and/or CBD) and amount. 

 

Risk of Excessive Vomiting 

In rare instances, cannabis use can carry the risk of excessive, severe vomiting, daily nausea, and abdominal pain that repeats in one to three week cycle. If you experience these symptoms, you should stop using the cannabis product and contact your healthcare provider. 

 

Risk for Use by Persons with Heart or Liver Disease 

Use medical cannabis with caution if you have heart or liver disease. Cannabis use could cause a heart attack in patients known to have heart disease. Cannabis use increases heart rate and lowers blood pressure. This can result in harmful effects in patients with heart disease. Liver disease could cause problems with how the body uses and processes cannabis, affecting the safety and potency of medical cannabis. 

 

Risk for Use by Individuals Younger than Age 22 

People under the age of 22 may have a higher risk of harm from cannabis use. There is evidence that cannabis use during the active period of brain development can lead to permanent brain damage. There is also an association between use of cannabis in this age group and developing mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia. The younger a person is when they start using cannabis, the more likely they are to develop a cannabis use disorder. 

 

Risk for Use by Women Who are Pregnant or Breastfeeding 

Women who are pregnant, are planning to get pregnant, or are breastfeeding should talk to a healthcare provider before using cannabis. There is evidence that using cannabis while pregnant can cause harm to the developing baby, such as low birth weight, premature birth, and/or brain damage (as noted above). Cannabis use by a mother while breastfeeding can transfer the chemicals in cannabis to the infant through the breast milk, and could cause harm to the infant. 

 

Risk of Mental Illness 

Cannabis use may be associated with severe periods of mental illness (psychotic episodes) and frequent, recurring periods of mental illness (psychotic disease). This risk appears to be higher with cannabis products that have higher amounts of THC and lower amounts of CBD. There is evidence that cannabis use adds to the risk of developing psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia – especially in people who also have other risk factors. A family history of schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders can put you at higher risk. For that reason, cannabis should not be used or should be used with great caution in patients with a family history of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. 

 

Keep Medications Secure and in Their Original Containers 

Medical cannabis products may look similar to common household products, as well as other medications, making it easy to accidentally consume a medical cannabis product. When medications are not in their original containers, it is easier to mix up the identity of a medication. As with any medication, medical cannabis should be kept in a secure place where others, especially children, cannot access it. Please remember that edible cannabis products that are designed to look like other food items, such as cookies or brownies, are not allowed under Utah law. If you have concerns about a child or adult who accidentally consumed cannabis in any form, call the Utah Poison Control Center at

1-800- 222-1222

 

Use Medical Cannabis Legally 

Under Utah law, medical cannabis may only be used in a legal form. Smoking or burning cannabis products for inhalation is not a legal form. However, a medical cannabis cardholder can warm their medical cannabis into a vapor for inhalation without the use of a flame (vaping). Please remember that the Utah Indoor Clean Air Act prohibits vaping in all indoor places of public access, publicly owned buildings, offices, and many publicly accessible outdoor areas. The only exception to vaping medical cannabis in these prohibited indoor places and outdoor areas is to treat a serious medical emergency. 

 

Do Not Sell, Resell, or Gift Medical Cannabis In Utah, sharing medical cannabis is a crime, and can result in criminal charges, civil monetary penalties, or expulsion from the Utah Medical Cannabis Program. Under Utah law, it is illegal for a medical cannabis cardholder to sell or gift cannabis products, cannabis devices, or cannabis residue to another person.  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Disclaimer for Marijuana Use

Medical marijuana use is legal in Utah with a prescription and when purchasing from a certified Utah dispensary. 

 

Marijuana is federally classified as a Schedule I drug. This means that cannabis users are NOT protected federally under states laws. Employers can terminate employment for having THC in their blood or urine upon drug testing, even if you have a state approved medical marijuana card or if using cannabis has no effect on their job performance. Rightful termination may depend on whether the employment contract contains a provision with the requirement of following all federal laws and refraining from partaking illegal drugs.

 

Marijuana use can have many adverse side effects and you should study and investigate these side effects before using cannabis. The Utah Department of Health is a great resource for any and all questions.

 

Users are subject to DWI/DUI if found operating a motorized vehicle while under the influence.

 

We are  not liable for any and all legal, medical, or side effects complaints or issues that our patients may have while using marijuana. 

Important note when booking appointments:

Currently we are available Monday through  Saturday.  Please put your desired date and time for service in when booking and add 2-3 more times/dates that could work in the comments. Once we receive your request we will either confirm your desired time or reach out with other options.