Medical Marijuana Specialist

The Practice of Health and Wellness

Internal Medicine & Functional Medicine Specialists located in Thomaston, CT

Marijuana has existed for centuries. This plant has extraordinary properties that can help you regain control of your health and well-being. At The Practice of Health and Wellness in Thomaston, Connecticut, Dr. Cipriano, and her team recommend medical marijuana when other therapies fail to improve symptoms of severe conditions like cancer, migraines, anxiety, and autoimmune disorders. To find out more about medical marijuana treatments, call the office today for an appointment or book online.

Medical Marijuana Q&A

Is medical marijuana legal?

You can use marijuana for medical reasons if you are a Connecticut resident that’s been certified by a qualified physician or advanced practice registered nurse. A certification is valid for one year from the date of issue. After that, you need a new certification to continue to legally use medical marijuana.

Marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

How do I get a medical marijuana certification?

Dr. Cipriano certifies patients with a qualifying diagnosis for the Medical Marijuana card through the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection. She will give you all the information and assistance needed to help you to understand the best strains and forms of marijuana based on your unique needs.

More than 35 specific conditions are listed in Connecticut law that make you eligible for use of medical marijuana. They include:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Severe rheumatoid arthritis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Muscular dystrophy

Other conditions can be appropriately and legally treated with medical marijuana. The Practice of Health and Wellness can provide you with a complete list. Children younger than 18 with certain debilitating medical conditions, like severe epilepsy or cerebral palsy, can also get a medical marijuana certification.

What can I expect from medical marijuana treatment?

Every person reacts to cannabinoids — the active ingredient in marijuana — differently. Different forms of marijuana might need to be tried to address your symptoms.

Some side effects of taking medical marijuana include:

  • Low blood pressure
  • Increased heartbeat
  • Dizziness or hallucinations
  • Bloodshot eyes and dry mouth

Whether you experience one or more of these side effects depends on your body’s personal reaction and the form of marijuana you consume.

How can I take medical marijuana?

Once approved, the maximum amount of medical marijuana the state of Connecticut allows a person to use each month is 2½ ounces.

Medical marijuana isn’t dosed in just one way. The team at The Practice of Health and Wellness will recommend the one form that they believe is best for your condition and preferences. Ways of taking marijuana include:

  • Smoking
  • Vaping
  • Eating (edibles)
  • Applying it to your skin as an oil or lotion
  • Using it under the tongue (tincture)

If you don’t have a good result with one method, the team at The Practice of Health and Wellness will recommend another form. Minors are not permitted to vaporize or inhale medical marijuana, they must use one of the other methods of dosing. 

Also note that while using medical marijuana, you cannot use it in any moving vehicle, at work, on any school grounds, or in any public place. 

If you believe medical marijuana could help a specific medical condition from which you’re suffering, call The Practice of Health and Wellness today for a consultation or book online.