What is Medical Cannabis?
Medical Marijuana is a critical issue in the United States right now. Currently, 23 states and the District of Columbia have some form of medical marijuana laws, and more are contemplating some form of legalized access. The federal government considers marijuana a Schedule I drug, which is defined as a drug with no current accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are identified as the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence.
There are 20,000+ research studies that demonstrate medical efficacy on a number of conditions including cancer, glaucoma, epilepsy, HIV/AIDS, chronic and severe pain, PTSD, anxiety, Crohn’s Disease, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, migraines, asthma, fibromyalgia, depression, multiple sclerosis & many more. Marijuana has been used as a healing plant for over 20,000 years. These scientific findings back up what many cultures have known, and challenge the scheduling of this plant.
WHAT MAKES MARIJUANA MEDICAL?
Cannabis affects the human body through a relationship with what is called the endocannabinoid system. The endocannabinoid system is a group of neurotransmitting fats and their receptors in the brain that are involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory. Marijuana is made of an assortment of components called cannabinoids that have different effects on the endocannabinoid system in the human body and mind.
A cannabinoid is a class of diverse chemical compounds that act on the cannabinoid receptors on cells that repress neurotrasmitter release in the brain. The most well known of these are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) and cannabinol(CBN). These are the most well known cannabinoids, although up to 85 different cannabinoids have been extracted from the marijuana plant and cannabinoids are constantly being researched.
DIFFERENT CANNABINOIDS ASSIST WITH DIFFERENT AILMENTS.
- A Colorado resident with a valid social security number.
- Receiving treatment for a qualifying medical condition.
- Examined by a doctor with whom you have a bona fide physician-patient relationship.
- A completed and notarized adult application packet or a minor application packet.
- A Physician Certification completed by your doctor, included in the packets above.
- A copy of your Colorado driver’s license or photo ID.*
- A check or money order for $15 made out to CDPHE or a Request for Fee Waiver/Tax Exempt Status form.
- Optional: If you wish to designate a caregiver, a Caregiver Acknowledgement form and a copy of your caregiver’s ID.
If you qualify for one of Colorado’s qualifying medical conditions, it’s time to visit a doctor. Some doctors in the Greater Denver area that see people nearby our shops are listed below, although any doctor that recommends medical marijuana will work.
Some of the doctors in Good Meds’ surrounding area are:
Colorado Medical Marijuana
Boulder – 4450 Arapahoe Ave. Suite 100, Boulder, CO. 80303
Denver – 3888 E Mexico Ave. Suite 202, Denver, CO. 80210
Fort Collins – 155 nE. Boardwalk Suite 400, Fort Collins CO. 80251
Lakewood – 3600 S. Wadsworth Blvd. Unit B, Lakewood, CO 80235
LoneTree/Littleton – 9233 Park Meadows Dr., Lone Tree, CO 80124
Loveland – 1635 Fox Trail Dr., Loveland, CO 80538
In order to receive your medical marijuana card, you and your doctor must provide the following:
- A Notarized Application Form.
- Doctor’s recommendation- provided by your physician.
- A photocopy of your Colorado ID or other proof of residency and waiver request.
- $15 Check or Money Order made out to the CDPHE
Once you have all of the required material, send the forms by certified mail to the CDPHE.
If you are applying for the registry for the first time, you may use a copy of your physicians recommendation, notarized application form, and certified mail receipt to shop Monday- Friday from 8am-5pm for 35 days from the day you sent it.
If you are a renewal patient, you will need to wait until your new card comes in. Existing patients may apply for renewal 60 days before their current expiration date. We recommend that patients renew as soon as possible to avoid any overlap in care.