How do I know if I qualify for Medical Marijuana in Maine?
Maine Medical Marijuana Law States: In order to qualify for medical marijuana certification in Maine, you must have a diagnosis with one of the following medical conditions:
- Chronic Pain (Which has not responded to conventional therapy for more than 6 months)
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder 9/26/13)
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Cachexia (wasting syndrome)
- Crohn’s Disease
- Hepatitis C (active form)
- Seizure Disorders
- Severe Muscle Spasms (Including MS)
- Severe Nausea
- *Chronic Pain – We provide patients with chronic pain plans to follow if they do not medical records outlining a minimum 6 months of failed treatments.**PTSD – Patient who do not have a diagnosis may be evaluated and diagnosed during their initial visit. See below for diagnosis criteria.
May I be diagnosed with PTSD on my first visit?
If you suspect you suffer from PTSD, but have not been diagnosed or treated for this condition, please take the PTSD test below. Our providers are able to diagnose PTSD after performing an interview and medical examination. If we determine that you have PTSD, and that cannabis is an appropriate treatment, we can provide a tamper proof certificate for legal use of cannabis in Maine.
The signs and symptoms of PTSD are grouped into three categories, listed below.
1. Re-experiencing symptoms
- Flashbacks—reliving the trauma over and over, including physical symptoms like a racing heart or sweating
- Frightening thoughts
- Recurrence of physical pain associated with the trauma
Re-experiencing symptoms may cause problems in a person’s everyday routine. They can start from the person’s own thoughts and feelings. Words, objects, or situations that are reminders of the event can also trigger re-experiencing.
2. Avoidance symptoms
- Staying away from places, events, or objects that are reminders of the experience
- Feeling emotionally numb
- Feeling strong guilt, depression, or worry
- Losing interest in activities that were enjoyable in the past
- Having trouble remembering the dangerous event
Things that remind a person of the traumatic event can trigger avoidance symptoms. These symptoms may cause a person to change his or her personal routine. For example, after a bad car accident, a person who usually drives may avoid driving or riding in a car.
3. Hyperarousal symptoms
- Being easily startled
- Feeling tense or “on edge”
- Irritable behavior and angry outbursts
- Reckless or self-destructive behavior
- Having difficulty sleeping
Hyperarousal symptoms are usually constant, instead of being triggered by things that remind one of the traumatic event. They can make the person feel stressed and angry. These symptoms may make it hard to do daily tasks, such as sleeping, eating, or concentrating.