Medical Marijuana Specialist

Zweiback Medical Associates

Internal Medicine & Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology located in Jenkintown, PA

Medical marijuana offers an alternative to treat certain conditions and diseases. From his Jenkintown, Pennsylvania practice, board-certified internist David Zweiback, DO, is proud to prescribe medical marijuana to qualifying patients at Zweibeck Medical Associates. To learn more about the qualifications and medical conditions for medical marijuana, call the office or request an appointment online to schedule a consultation.

Medical Marijuana Q & A

What Is Medical Marijuana?

Medical marijuana is the use of Cannabis sativa, or marijuana, for medical purposes. Just like any other medication, the administration of medical marijuana is strictly overseen by a licensed physician, and its use is reserved for valid medical ailments.

Medical marijuana is the medicinal-grade cannabis plant, and its pure extracts are used to treat a medical illness or improve a symptom. It’s most frequently used by vaping, oral, or sublingual extracts.

The healing properties are part of the cannabidiol (CBD) in the plant in addition to the critical levels of medical terpenes and flavonoids. Through traditional plant breeding techniques, cannabis plants are being produced that have higher levels of CBD.

Is Medical Marijuana Legal?

When prescribed by a licensed doctor, medical marijuana is legal in Pennsylvania state, but it’s still illegal by federal standards. It must be used according to the doctor’s directions, and only the patient who’s given the prescription is allowed to use medical marijuana.

Please note that it’s illegal to cross state lines with medical marijuana.

What Is Medical Marijuana Used For?

Medical marijuana has a variety of clinical uses. It may be used to treat pain, nausea, lack of appetite, and muscle stiffness. The qualifying conditions for medical marijuana are the following:

  • Cancer
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Parkinson's
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord injury with spasticity
  • Epilepsy
  • Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis
  • Neuropathy
  • Huntington's disease

These conditions must also be accompanied by one of the following:

  • Severe or chronic pain
  • Seizures
  • Severe nausea
  • Cachexia or wasting syndrome
  • Severe persistent spasms

What Is a Medical Marijuana Appointment Like?

A medical marijuana appointment is just like any other doctor’s appointment. After the preliminaries, such as getting vitals and family history, you’ll discuss your history, signs, and symptoms with Dr. Zweiback. You should bring supporting clinical data (such as previous testing and diagnosis) which can help expedite the medical marijuana recommendation.

After this conversation, Dr. Zweiback may request additional testing before making a diagnosis. Once he is able to make a diagnosis, Dr. Zweiback will prescribe medical marijuana if he concludes that it will help alleviate your symptoms.