The following resources are meant for our Precision Cannabis Club Prop 215 patients in order to feel comfortable about medical marijuana at each level.
DOCTORS WE RECOMMEND
There are a few options in finding a doctor to see if medical marijuana is the right treatment for you. Here is a list of doctors we recommend and work with to make your experience safe and with dignity
Take this form and have your doctor sign it: Medical Marijuana Program.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
The California Department of Public Health’s (CDPH) Medical Marijuana Identification Card Program (MMICP) was specifically established to create a State-authorized medical marijuana identification card (MMIC), along with a registry database for verification of qualified patients and their primary caregivers.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA ID CARD
Each county has their specific requirements for obtaining a Medical Marijuana ID Card. Follow the links to your county of residence. They all require you to fill out the following:
HOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA WORKS
There are over 400 natural compounds in medical marijuana and, of these, eighty are only found in cannabis plants. These eighty special compounds are known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids relieve symptoms of illness by attaching to receptors in the brain that look for similar compounds that occur in the human body, such as dopamine.
There are five major cannabinoids in medical marijuana that are particularly effective for relieving symptoms of illness, and each one produces different physical and psychological effects. This is why certain strains of medical marijuana are bred to have different amounts of each cannabinoid and are recommended for different conditions.
MEDICAL MARIJUANA EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
• The American Alliance for Medical Cannabis Provides information to patients and caregivers to help make informed decisions about whether cannabis is the right medicine for them, the laws surrounding medicinal marijuana in given areas, political activism, and recipes and guides to growing your own marijuana.
• Americans for Safe Access ASA provides training and resources for activists. Including legal resources, resources by state, information on talking to the media, testifying, lobbying, movement building, etc. They also offer condition-based booklets and state legal manuals for purchase.
• ASA’s Patient Focused Certification Program Dispensaries, laboratories and product manufacturers who display the Patient Focused Certification seal have met the high quality standards for medical cannabis products and businesses issued by the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the American Herbal Pharmacopeia (AHP).
• Healer Healer’s goal is to create a positive and supportive community of like-minded medical cannabis users as a transparent, trusted source of cannabis information and a respected authority on its safe and smart use. Their programs provide the essential basics of dosage and delivery methods to help you develop healthy new patterns in your life.
• Marijuana Policy Project The mission of this group is to increase support for non-punitive, non-coercive marijuana policies, identify and activate supporters of those policies, change state laws to reduce or eliminate penalties for medical and non-medical use of marijuana, and gain influence in Congress. Information about significant issues and policies as well as news is available.
• NORML Provides information about marijuana, including a primer; personal, medical, and industrial use; testing; health endorsements; legal issues, and a “research library” of information. State NORML chapters provide varying levels of education, primarily regarding legal issues. Their physician finder links to Weedmaps.
• O’Shaughnessy’s Several different sections including a reader (ongoing history of marijuana), dispatches (original articles), second column (information worth sharing), and a CBDiary (blog).
• ProCon.org This is a a nonprofit public charity that provides resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. Marijuana is one of many issues discussed on this website.
• Project CBD Project CBD is a non-profit educational service dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical utility of cannabidiol (CBD) and other components of the cannabis plant. It is intended to update providers and patients about developments in cannabinoid science, promote research, and emphasizes the whole plant therapeutics of cannabis (not just THC or CBD).
• Patients Out of Time Provides information to health care professionals, patients, and caregivers about cannabis. Clinical conferences, information about the therapeutic basis of cannabis, and indications for use are also provided.
• United Patients Group United Patients Group is an unparalleled resource and trusted leader in Medical Cannabis for physicians, patients and organizations. UPG acts as a virtual hand for patients and offers CME education and consulting to physicians and medical institutions. UPG believes that education is paramount in understanding the potential for Medical Cannabis treatment and acts as a conduit between worldwide medical institutions and the medical cannabis industry.
PUBLISHED MEDICAL MARIJUANA STUDIES
• The Journal of Neuroscience, recently published a study that evaluated attempts to use THC (the main active compound in cannabis) to reduce the onset of cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Using MRI technology, the researchers determined that the introduction of THC significantly lowered the onset of symptoms. More research in this field could lead to exciting new treatments for neurological diseases.
• The British Journal of Cancer, published a study conducted by the Molecular Biology department at Complutense University in Madrid, whose goal was to determine if THC could inhibit tumor growth. In this clinical trial, humans with cancer were administered THC treatments and monitored for reduction in tumor size. The doctors later claimed that the THC was administered safely and with no psychoactive effects, and actually did reduce tumor size in some of the patients.
• The US National Library of Medicine, recently published a study that determined cannabinoids can significantly inhibit cancer cell evasiveness in the lungs.
• The US National Library of Medicine, published another study confirming a decrease in prostate cancer cell size and aggressiveness through engagement of cannabinoid receptors.
• The American Journal of Cancer, published a study determining that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in pancreatic tumor cell lines at much higher levels than normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that administering cannabinoids induced apoptosis, as well as reduction of growth, and decrease in spread of the tumor cells.