Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis services offered in Anchorage, AK

If you have severe or ongoing pain, anxiety, or muscle spasms, you don’t have to live with these unpleasant conditions. At Alaska Pain to Wellness Center in Anchorage, Alaska, pain management specialists Greg Wilkinson, PA-C, M.Ed, Steve Johnson, MD, and their skilled team offer medical cannabis to ease discomfort and help you live your best life. Call the office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.

Medical Cannabis Q&A

What is medical cannabis?

Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is a plant used to reduce pain and other unpleasant symptoms. Medical marijuana doesn’t contain significant amounts of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the part of marijuana that causes a “high” feeling. Using it offers various benefits, including a reduced need for pain medicine or invasive procedures. 

What are the common forms of medical cannabis?

Common forms of medical marijuana include:

  • Powders
  • Pills
  • Liquids
  • Dried leaves
  • Oils
  • Edibles
  • Vapors

The way you can legally purchase medical marijuana varies by state. The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team helps you gain access to it, if you meet the requirements. 

What is medical marijuana used for?

Your Alaska Pain to Wellness Center specialist may recommend you try medical marijuana if you struggle with one or more of the following conditions:

  • Severe or ongoing pain
  • Anxiety
  • Muscle spasms
  • headaches
  • Inflammation 
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Seizures
  • Glaucoma 
  • Pain from cancer treatment

To find out if medical marijuana is right for you, a provider discusses your symptoms, medical history, and lifestyle habits. They ask about your medication regimen, past diagnoses, and previous surgeries. 

Your provider also checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and may order blood tests, X-rays, ultrasounds, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures. 

What should I expect when using medical cannabis?

The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team helps you obtain medical marijuana at a nearby dispensary. Make sure to take the marijuana precisely as directed by your pain specialist in recommended dosages. 

Follow up with them periodically to ensure your treatment works as intended. Your provider could recommend other pain-relieving treatments in addition to medical marijuana. They might make changes to your dosage recommendations, if necessary.

In addition to using medical marijuana, it’s essential to adopt healthy habits at home. Eat nutritious foods, get regular exercise and plenty of sleep, keep stress levels low, and don’t smoke.

To learn more about medical marijuana and find out if it’s right for you, call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center office or use the online booking feature today.