Medical Cannabis is Revolutionizing the World of Medicine
Welcome to Medicinal Cannabis Clinic & Evaluation Center
Our mission is to assist individuals who choose to access alternative treatment with medical cannabis. If you’re looking for cannabis in Maryland for your medical needs, you found the right place. Navigating the new laws concerning medicinal cannabis in Maryland can be challenging. We believe that if you have the medical need and you qualify for medicinal cannabis, you should have access to the products you need. Our process is simple and straightforward, and we are here to help you every step of the way.
Medicinal Cannabis Clinic is an approved Maryland Medical Cannabis Evaluation Center. We make getting your Maryland Medical Cannabis Certificate easy, fast, and affordable! Our qualified and compassionate staff will help to schedule your appointment and our qualified and knowledgeable doctors will evaluate you and recommend certification for the participation in the Maryland Medical Cannabis Program if qualifying criteria are met.
- Any condition that is severe, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective, and if the symptoms “reasonably can be expected to be relieved” by the medical use of Cannabis.
- Have a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition that results in the patient being admitted into hospice or receiving palliative care.
- Have a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition or are receiving treatment for a chronic or debilitating disease or medical condition.
The Medicinal Cannabis Clinic and Evaluation Center is a fast-growing consultancy that connects qualified patients in Maryland with the treatment they need to get the most out of life. We guide our clients through the rapidly changing world of medicinal cannabis in Maryland, making the process as fast and easy as possible.
Maryland is one of the most innovative states in America when it comes to medicinal treatment with cannabis, and we at the Medicinal Cannabis Clinic and Evaluation Center are here to make the process easy for you. Any resident of Maryland with a qualifying condition is eligible to begin the registration process. If you have any questions about whether or not you have a qualifying condition, contact us and we’ll guide you through the medical process.
Register with Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission
The first step is to register with the state commission that regulates medicinal cannabis. We can tell you exactly what documents you’ll need to register.
Ready to start the process? Click here for a list of documents you’ll need to start your registration process. When you’re ready to begin, click the button below.
Visit Us for a Consultation
After your application is approved by the state, come visit us at our centrally-located location in Columbia, MD. You can call or schedule your visit online.
Get Your Certification
Our registered providers will evaluate your needs and give you a written certification which will allow you to purchase cannabis from Maryland dispensaries.
Medicinal Cannabis Clinic & Evaluation Center
The Medicinal Cannabis Clinic and Evaluation Center is a fast-growing consultancy that connects qualified patients in Maryland with the evaluation they need to get the most out of life.
Important: If your certification is not used to purchase medical cannabis from a licensed Maryland dispensary within 120 days of issuance, it will become void.
Getting Started with Medical Cannabis
What are Cannabis Strains?
When choosing your medication, there are three types of strains to keep in mind Sativas and Indicas are primary strains, and Hybrids are just a mix of Sativa and Indica. Hybrids aren’t necessarily 50/50 mixes and some are dominant in either Sativa or Indica properties. Cannabis strains can have varying amounts of THC, CBD and other cannabinoids. The differences between the three types of strains are apparent in how they make you feel.
Sativa: Uplifting, energizing strains that are good for daytime use and for fatigue, ADHD and depression. Sativas give more of a “head high” sensation that can be beneficial for headaches. CAUTION: Those with anxiety or those who are new to cannabis may experience feelings of panic or paranoia, and it can induce panic attacks in rare cases.
Indica: Relaxing, calming strains that are good for evening use or before bed. Helpful with anxiety and insomnia. Indicas give more of a “body high” sensation, and some patients report they are better for pain and muscle spasms than Sativas.
Hybrids: Mix of Sativa and Indica that provides a more balanced feeling. Good option if Sativas are too stimulating or not providing enough pain relief. Some Patients with PTSD find these strains are more helpful.
What are Terpenes?
Terpenes are organic compounds present in cannabis that give each strain its distinct odor and flavor. Terpenes are also present in other foods and plants and are the therapeutic portion of essential oils. Some terpenes have potential medical benefits such as Limonene, Linalool, Humulene, Myrcene, and Pinene.
What are Cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are the active ingredients of cannabis that interact with receptors throughout your body. There are potentially over a hundred cannabinoids in cannabis but only some are known to medically relevant. A few of them are listed below.
THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol): The psychoactive component of cannabis which is responsible for the “high” associated with marijuana. It is also the component that yields the most medical benefit for a variety of conditions including pain, nausea, poor appetite, PTSD, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma just to name a few. Needs to be heated before ingestion to activate it, but sometimes is sold already having been decarboxylated.
CBD (Cannabidiol): The second most abundant cannabinoid in the plant. Does not get you high and can help lessen the psychoactive effects of THC when combined with it. Not as powerful as THC for conditions such as pain or nausea, but is very promising for seizures and anxiety.
CBN (Cannabinol): A less common cannabinoid that is usually only present in small quantities. Helpful for insomnia and muscle spasms. It (and other cannabinoid called THCV) can help counteract the increased appetite that comes with THC.
CBG (Cannabigerol): Usually only present in small quantities. Good for inflammation and for its neuroprotective qualities that can help with nervous system disorders
How do you use Medical Cannabis?
Smoking: Onset of a few minutes and effects can last 2-4 hours. Researchshows it does not cause lung cancer but it still can irritate the lungs.
Vaping: Onset of a few minutes and effects can last 2-4 hours. Cleaner and more discreet than smoking and doesn’t have as much lingering odor.
Edibles: Onset of 30-120 minutes and effects can last 4-8 hours. Easy to accidentally overdo things since you won’t feel the effects for a while. Primarily liver metabolism unlike other methods of ingestion and not as cost effective since some cannabinoids are lost in the digestive tract without being absorbed
Tinctures: Onset of a few minutes (not as fast as inhaled methods though) and effects can last 3-5 hours. It is a liquid form of cannabis that is placed under the tongue with a dropper. Very discreet and easy to consistently dose, but can have an unpleasant taste.
Tropicals: Onset of minutes to hours and effects can last up to 12 hours. Great for localized pain or some skin conditions. Does NOT get you high.
Other: Sometimes other methods may be found such as transdermal patches, suppositories, and tampons
Dosing Medical Cannabis
Every product and strain varies in THC content and unlike typical pharmaceuticals, there is no set dosage for cannabis. The best bet is to start with dose, then wait for the effects and feel things out. Slowly add more medication to find your baseline dose.
What are the side effects of THC?
While there is no way to fatally overdose on cannabis, THC can still have some unwanted side effects- especially if too much is used. Common side effects of THC can include elation, relaxation, sedation, pain relief, memory impairment, energy hunger, drowsiness, increased heart rate, dry mouth, red eyes, slowed perception of time, laughter, dizziness, “couch-lock” or feeling heavy, anxiety/paranoia, etc.
Individuals may find that pure CBD and/or THC extracts alone are insufficient for managing their conditions. The ensemble effect is a theory that THC and CBD synergize with the other therapeutic cannabinoids and terpenes, in the plant for greater relief. This is why some people prefer to use full spectrum extracts or the plant itself for their conditions.
Qualifying Conditions may include:
- Chronic Pain
- Any other condition that is severe and resistant to conventional medicine, for which other medical treatments have been ineffective