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Medical marijuana is a natural way to treat chronic pain and other health conditions without addictive pain medicine or invasive surgery. At Onyx Direct Care in West Orange, New Jersey, board-certified physician Dr. Christina Hector, offers medical marijuana as an alternative treatment for fibromyalgia, pain, anxiety, insomnia, and more without the side effects of pharmaceutical therapies. Schedule an appointment with Onyx Direct Care over the phone or online to learn more about medical marijuana.


Medicinal Marijuana Questions and Answers

What is medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana is a medical-grade substance your doctor can approve as an alternative treatment to medicines associated with side effects or addictive properties, such as opiates. It’s a natural product that you don't have to smoke since medical marijuana is available in a variety of forms, like edibles.

What are the benefits of medical marijuana?
Medical marijuana is a natural, safer alternative to addictive opiates and doesn’t cause side effects associated with many other medicines. Commonly approved forms of medical marijuana, such as cannabidiol (CBD), don’t produce the mind-altering effects of recreational marijuana.

What conditions can medical marijuana treat?
Medical marijuana is often used to relieve symptoms or treat certain medical conditions, such as:

  • Fibromyalgia, nerve pain, and other types of chronic pain

  • Insomnia

  • Anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

  • Spasticity and muscle tension

  • Cancer or HIV/AIDS wasting

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and epilepsy

  • Parkinson’s disease tremors

  • Nausea and digestive problems

  • Glaucoma

It comes in a variety of forms such as pills, oils for vaporizing, topical applications, oral solutions, edibles, and dried buds or leaves.

Am I a good candidate for medical marijuana?
​To determine if medical marijuana is a good match for you, your Onyx Direct Care provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. They complete a comprehensive physical exam and may use blood tests or imaging tests to confirm or rule out medical conditions associated with chronic pain and other symptoms.
Your doctor might recommend more than one holistic treatment to help you achieve the most desirable outcome. You have a voice in your care and work with your provider to find a treatment that best suits your needs. If your condition qualifies for medical marijuana as set forth by the state of New Jersey, they can explain how it works and what dosing may work best for you.
Your provider lets you know when to schedule follow-up visits at the office or via telemedicine, to evaluate how well medical marijuana is working and adjust your dosage if necessary.
Don’t live with chronic pain or another life-altering condition as medical marijuana may be the solution you need. Schedule an appointment with Onyx Direct Care over the phone or online today.

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