FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Frequently asked questions:

I don’t trust medical doctors so I haven’t been in to one for years. What do I do?” We are glad to review records for naturopathic doctors, DO’s, ODs, acupuncturists and chiropractors if you have been seeing one instead of a medical doctor. If you haven’t been to any healthcare provider you will need to find a care provider and begin treatment with them before you come see us. One appointment is not enough to establish care with them. We need to see that you have tried other treatments that were not successful so it requires multiple appointments. Let us know if you want a referral to a doctor you can have an honest conversation about cannabis with.

I used to see a doctor but I haven’t in several years. I do have my condition documented in older records and it will never go away. Why do I need new records?” WA state law requires that you are in active treatment for your qualifying condition. We need new records to show who your doctor is and that you have seen them in the past year. You’ll need to see them at least once a year.

I see my doctor regularly for other problems but haven’t mentioned that I was in pain because I’ve just been using cannabis and it works!” We’re glad you have found a treatment that works for you, but WA state law requires that we have records showing that you’ve been in pain. Be sure to mention your pain to your doctor at every appointment so it is well-documented.

I’ve had a cannabis authorization for anxiety, depression or insomnia before- why won’t you see me?” We’re sorry to report that the doctor you saw before was not following the law. These conditions do not qualify for cannabis use in WA state. We understand that many patients find cannabis helpful for these complaints. Perhaps you have another well-documented condition that can cause anxiety, depression or insomnia. It is not unusual for patients with chronic pain, PTSD, brain injuries or other health problems to also have these symptoms.

I have PTSD, what kind of documents do I need?”. If the primary reason you hope to or currently use medical cannabis is relief from symptoms of PTSD, we need documentation of your diagnosis. It is helpful if you are currently under care and you can bring documentation of care in the past year that proves you are still experiencing symptoms, however, absent current documentation in some cases we can accept diagnosis only. This is up to the doctor’s discretion.

I was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury, what kind of documents do I need?” If the primary reason you hope to or currently use medical cannabis is relief from symptoms of your TBI, we need documentation of your diagnosis. It is helpful if you are currently under care and you can bring documentation of care in the past year that proves you are still experiencing symptoms, however, absent current documentation in some cases we can accept diagnosis only. This is up to the doctor’s discretion.

18 thoughts on “FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS”

  1. I was going to schedule an appoitment but was told a chiropractor release of my records would not be enough for a recommendation.

    But above it says – “I don’t trust medical doctors so I haven’t been in to one for years. What do I do?” We are glad to review records for naturopathic doctors, DO’s, ODs, acupuncturists and chiropractors if you have been seeing one instead of a medical doctor. If you haven’t been to any healthcare provider you will need to find a care provider and begin treatment with them before you come see us. One appointment is not enough to establish care with them. We need to see that you have tried other treatments that were not successful so it requires multiple appointments. Let us know if you want a referral to a doctor you can have an honest conversation about cannabis with.

  2. I have 3 herniated discs in my lower back l3-l4, l4-l5, l5-s1. I also have bulging issues with l1-l2 and t11-t12. Do i really have to be in pain a year before I can get medical Marijuana?

    1. How long have you had the pain? The records would show us exactly if you qualify. Please contact our office for more information 888 204 1260

  3. I have been disabled for 30 years and getting ssi due to spinal issues. if I get federal aid for pain and disability is that enough to qualify? I haven’t seen some of my doctors due to insurance change ,and ms and pain that wreaks my schedule ..and doctors that want to give me PILLS or steroids!! that I don’t want. i also have stomach problems and was hospitalized twice in October.do you accept state aid insurance for holistic medical or nurse praticians’-which I prefer to chas and have a primary but don’t respect or trust him? I don’t use Shipped/Billed On:
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    mj but I have had a cookie or two that allowed me to sleep and to eat!! without running to toilet or throwing up. but I cant afford to buy it and do provide for friend but don’t want to use due to legal issues of no prescription. however I don’t just want that,i want care from a qualified medical source that doesn’t push prescriptions drugs . I use hot and cold compresses, stretches and sleep when I can and don’t when I cant,(hence the early 430 am letter) I do house and self care taking chores at 5 minutes to 15 minutes depending on the chore and then I sit down or lay down depending on how the pain effects me for a little more than the chore time ,sometimes with ice or heat or I just spasm and scream if I did too much or I have an ounce of wine and listen to meditation tapes. however, I believe the right mmj could help me -legally. not for recreation, not interested in that. just help sleeping, eating, being less grumpy from pain and with support of qualified primary medical professional for medical conditions that require regular evaluations .. and support the need for other specialist ..I am looking for real medical help that includes the support of mmj IF I can legally with prescription find relief with edibles or oil.i have fought the meds cause I want to be present and aware and not deal with side effects and also because I am always subject to suspicion of just wanting drugs and offered little or none ,so whats the use.? can get them on the street easier but don’t want to be drugged!!!even if I have tattoos and am on ssi. my cancer doctor at cancer care northwest knows I do not request drugs. my prescription data base will show that also.i have a copy of a professional psychiatric evaluation that proves my awareness of and lack of addiction to and yet need of pain medication periodically to allow for quality of life and if that can be accomplished with organic mj edibles rather than drugs.. ..whatever,if this is just a place for people to get a legal stamp of mj use,then don’t respond.but thank you ..either way and happy holidays.. my heat pad has stopped the spasms so I will again try to retire ..thank you.

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