At Prime Wellness, patient satisfaction is our top priority. We understand we are in a new, budding industry and are committed to helping patients navigate it. Below are a few frequently asked questions we’ve received, though please don’t hesitate to contact us with any others that may come to mind. We are always more than happy to help!
WHY IS MEDICAL CANNABIS A SAFE CHOICE?
Cannabinoids have a remarkable safety record, particularly when compared to other therapeutically active substances. Most significantly, the consumption of marijuana — regardless of quantity or potency — cannot induce a fatal overdose. According to a 1995 review prepared for the World Health Organization, “There are no recorded cases of overdose fatalities attributed to cannabis, and the estimated lethal dose for humans extrapolated from animal studies is so high that it cannot be achieved by users.”
That said, cannabis should not necessarily be viewed as a ‘harmless’ substance. Its active constituents may produce a variety of physiological and euphoric effects. As a result, there may be some populations that are susceptible to increased risks from the use of cannabis, such as adolescents, pregnant or nursing mothers, and patients who have a family history of mental illness. Patients with decreased lung function (such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or those who have a history of heart disease or stroke may also be at a greater risk of experiencing adverse effects from marijuana. As with any medication, patients should consult thoroughly with their physician before deciding whether the medical use of cannabis is safe and appropriate. (1)
(1) Recent Research on Medical Marijuana, (2000 — 2013). [A Review of the Recent Scientific Literature] Retrieved From http://norml.org/component/zoo/category/recent-research-on-medical-marijuana
WHO CAN USE MEDICAL CANNABIS IN CONNECTICUT?
A patient may only register for a medical marijuana certificate if he or she is a Connecticut resident being treated for a debilitating medical condition by a Connecticut-licensed DCP registered physician.
The current qualifying conditions are:
- Positive Status for Human Immunodeficiency Virus or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Damage to the Nervous Tissue of the Spinal Cord with Objective Neurological Indication of Intractable Spasticity
- Wasting Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Qualifying patients must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older.
WHERE CAN MEDICAL CANNABIS BE OBTAINED?
Medical Cannabis should only be obtained through licensed dispensing facilities which have been appointed by the Department of Consumer Protection in the State of Connecticut. Prime Wellness is one of the six approved dispensing facilities for the state.
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR CONNECTICUT’S MEDICAL CANNABIS PROGRAM?
Make an Appointment with Your Physician:
Only a Connecticut DCP registered physician can initiate your application by certifying for the Department that you have a medical condition that qualifies you for a medical marijuana registration certificate. If your a Connecticut DCP registered physician decides to certify you for a medical marijuana registration certificate, he or she will ask you for a number of things including a valid email address and primary telephone number.
Submit the following documents to the Connecticut DCP:
- Proof of Identity
- Proof of Connecticut Residency
- Current Passport Size Photograph
- $100.00 registration fee (checks/money orders should be made payable to “Treasurer, State of CT”)
You will be able to upload these documents and pay the fee when you submit your registration application online, or you can mail them to the Department.
Register Your Primary Caregiver, (if applicable)
If your Connecticut DCP registered physician indicates a need for you to have a primary caregiver, you must register a qualified caregiver before the Department will issue you a registration certificate. The Department will not register a patient who needs a primary caregiver until the caregiver’s application is completed and approved.