Medical Marijuana Specialist

Advanced Pain Management Center

Pain Management Physician located in Stoneham, MA

Thanks to scientific advances in the understanding of marijuana and its effects on the human body, medical marijuana is now a treatment option for Stoneham, Massachusetts area patients. Medical marijuana can help with many pain causing medical conditions today and Dr. Anil Kumar, at Advanced Pain Management Center, is offering customized medical marijuana treatments focused on helping you eliminate your pain so you can become fully functional once again.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

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Who Qualifies for Medical Marijuana in Massachusetts?

According to state law in Massachusetts, medical marijuana can only be prescribed for patients who have debilitating medical conditions with qualifying symptoms. Some of the debilitating conditions that may qualify for a medical marijuana prescription in Massachusetts include, but aren't limited to:

  • AIDS
  • Glaucoma
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis C
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Cancer
  • Amytrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

What Symptoms Qualify a Patient For a Medical Marijuana Prescription?

The state of Massachusetts recognizes the following symptoms as being serious enough to qualify for medical marijuana:

  • Weakness
  • Wasting Syndrome
  • Pain that doesn't respond to other treatments
  • Impaired strength
  • Impaired ability to care for ones self

You must have at least one qualifying symptom. In order to qualify for a medical marijuana prescription, your life must be negatively impacted by these symptoms to a significant degree.

How Do I Start Medical Marijuana Treatment?

Dr. Anil Kumar will review the your medical records and will then perform an examination. The exam will include a discussion of past and present symptoms, pain complaints, and questions that the patient may have. Dr. Kumar will then make a diagnosis based upon the information gathered. If the diagnosis qualifies you for a medical marijuana prescription; that prescription can be provided right away.

Where Do Medical Marijuana Program Patients Receive Their Marijuana?

Medical marijuana patients receive their marijuana from a state dispensary. You must present your Massachusetts medical marijuana registration card at the time you fill the prescription.

What are the Benefits of Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana has proven to be a very effective type of relief for many patients today. It can alleviate chronic pain for many people suffering from:

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain and other similar conditions

Medical marijuana can also alleviate:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Poor appetite (for those getting chemotherapy)

For many patients, medical marijuana may reduce the need to take other medications such as narcotic pain drugs. Medical marijuana is a miracle drug for many people today, and the government now recognizes its benefits.

Accepted Insurance Providers

Advanced Pain Management Center works with a variety of major insurance companies. If you don't see your insurance provider on this list, call our office and one of our knowledgable staff members will be happy to assist.

Blue Cross Blue Shield
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Tufts Health Plan
United Healthcare