Medical Marijuana Specialist

Specialized Spine & Pain Care -  - Pain Management

Specialized Spine & Pain Care

Pain Management & Spine Specialist located in Morrisville, PA & Bristol, PA

If you’re looking for alternative remedies to help manage issues like chronic pain, anxiety, or conditions such as ulcerative colitis, medical marijuana could offer relief. At Specialized Spine & Pain Care in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, with satellite locations in Bristol, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you can learn more about the medical marijuana treatments available from Dr. Soccio. To see if you could be a good candidate for medical marijuana, call or schedule an appointment today.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What is medical marijuana?

Medical marijuana describes the process of using plant-based extracts or the whole, unprocessed cannabis plant to treat a variety of conditions, illnesses, and symptoms. Also known as medical cannabis, this therapy uses two marijuana chemicals: tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

The marijuana chemical THC creates sensations of euphoria, while CBD helps your body use its endocannabinoids more effectively. This system of your body, known as the ECS, works to regulate bodily functions like pain, sleep, and your immune system.

Medical marijuana is different from recreational marijuana, which has higher levels of THC. So, instead of experiencing the same high you would expect from recreational marijuana, medical cannabis works to desensitize your pain receptors and improve your quality of life.

What conditions can medical marijuana help treat?

Medical marijuana treats a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis (UC)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Inflammation
  • Autism
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Glaucoma
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Cancer

You can also use medical marijuana to manage chronic pain conditions as well as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Insurance companies or Medicare/Medicaid don't cover medical marijuana, but discounted fees may be available. To receive certification for medicinal marijuana use, you have to go through a medical consultation.

What can I expect during my medical marijuana consultation?

During your initial consultation, Dr.Soccio discusses your symptoms and reviews your personal and medical history. This medical consultation takes approximately 45 minutes and is done in person, usually at the office, though a home visit may be available upon request.

If you’re a good candidate, Dr. Soccio works closely with you to identify the best form of medical marijuana to provide relief. You can take medical marijuana in several ways, including:

  • Pills taken orally
  • Extracts for inhaling or vaporizing
  • Liquids or tinctures ingested by mouth
  • Topical gels, creams, and ointments put on your skin
  • Patches applied to your body

After taking medical marijuana for six months, Dr. Soccio requires a follow-up visit to evaluate your progress and to see if your dosage needs adjustment.

To see if medical marijuana can help manage your condition or symptoms, call the office of Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.